ExxonMobil files application for a fracking pilot project in Colombia. (Credit: jwigley from Pixabay) ExxonMobil has filed an application in Colombia to seek approval to undertake a fracking pilot project in the South American country’s Valle Medio del Magdalena basin.The US oil and gas firm has submitted its proposal to the National Hydrocarbons Agency (ANH) for the Platero investigative project, reported Reuters.Should it get the approval, then ExxonMobil will be the second company after Ecopetrol to begin a pilot project for hydraulic fracturing in Colombia.ANH president Armando Zamora was quoted by the publication, as saying: “Colombia continues progressing in making the possibilities of extracting gas and oil from non-conventional fields viable with this proposal from ExxonMobil, which has extensive experience in this type of project.”The Colombian hydrocarbons regulator is said to have time until 29 March to review ExxonMobil’s plan.Last November, Ecopetrol won a fracking pilot contract in what was Colombia’s maiden auction of non-conventional drilling rights.As per a resolution published by ANH, the Colombian state-owned oil company pledged to spend at least $76m for carrying out exploration in the Kalé area in the Valle Medio del Magdalena basin.In October 2020, it was reported that Ecopetrol is looking to start its fracking pilot projects in the Andean country by the end of 2021.Currently, Ecopetrol’s pilot project in the Kalé area is moving forward with the company holding territorial dialogues and processing of the environmental licence in progress, reported EL HERALDO.Although the Colombian government has been promoting fracking in the country to help recover the economy, there have been significant protests against the same. If approved, ExxonMobil will be the second company after Ecopetrol to take up such a project in the Andean country
The Chicago White Sox are giving fans the opportunity to purchase cardboard cutouts of themselves that will be displayed at Guaranteed Rate Field during the team’s season-opening homestand.The cutouts cost $49 and will be available while supplies last. Proceeds will benefit the team’s charitable arm.The White Sox open with a three-game series against the Minnesota Twins starting on July 24.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Northwestern’s game against Wisconsin scheduled for Nov. 7 at Wrigley Field is being moved on campus to Ryan Field because of uncertainties due to the COVID-19 pandemic.Northwestern announced the decision Wednesday after consulting with the Chicago Cubs, state and local authorities and the Big Ten Conference. Athletic director Jim Phillips cited the possibility of a limited crowd at the famed ballpark even if fans were allowed. He called it “a disappointing conclusion to reach” and said the Wildcats hope to play there again “with a packed house.”In 2010, Northwestern played Illinois in the first college football game at Wrigley Field since 1938. The Wildcats have since played baseball and lacrosse games there.___ The team kept Reyes away from Progressive Field as a precaution after he attended a holiday gathering without wearing a mask. The Indians learned of Reyes’ off-field actions from social media.Manager Terry Francona says Reyes was re-tested for the coronavirus and may now participate in training camp. He is scheduled to take batting practice Wednesday and speak to the media on Thursday.Also, Indians outfielder Delino DeShields Jr., who tested positive for COVID-19, is traveling to Cleveland after he had one negative test. The team says DeShields experience minor symptoms from the virus. He’ll be tested again when he arrives and can rejoin his teammates as long as he doesn’t test positive again.DeShields is in his first season with the Indians, who acquired him in December from Texas in the trade involving ace Corey Kluber.___ Stanford has announced it’s eliminating 11 varsity sports programs after the 2020-21 academic year.Programs affected include men’s and women’s fencing, field hockey, lightweight rowing, men’s rowing, co-ed and women’s sailing, squash, synchronized swimming, men’s volleyball and wrestling. The university is the first Power Five school to cut any sports programs. It also said Wednesday that it’s eliminating the jobs of 20 support staff as part of the realignment. ___Cleveland Indians outfielder Franmil Reyes has been cleared by the team’s medical staff to return to the field after being isolated for attending a party over the July Fourth weekend. Associated Press The Latest: Ravens tell ticket holders no seats this year July 8, 2020 The team says season ticket holders will be offered the same seats in 2021, and money already spent for this season can be used for next year or refunded upon request.Because of the coronavirus pandemic, NFL games this season are expected to be held without fans or in front of a greatly reduced audience.According to an email sent Wednesday by the Ravens to the owners of Personal Seat Licenses, the team speculated that stadium capacity — if fans are allowed — would be fewer than 14,000 seats per game.If fans are permitted to attend, seats would be sold on a game-by-game basis with season ticket holders receiving a priority opportunity to purchase in advance of any public sale.___ Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The Baltimore Ravens have informed season ticket holders that their seats will not available this year.
THE 2019 edition of the COURTS Pee Wee Football tournament commences today at the Ministry of Education ground on Carifesta Avenue with 12 matches.In the opening games of the day from 13:00hrs Timehri will play St Ambrose while on pitch two, St Agnes will battle Beterverwagting.From 13:50hrs Uitvlugt face Ann’s Grove while Soesdyke take on F.E. Pollard.Mocha and Tucville clash from 14:40hrs and South Riumveldt and Genesis compete on pitch two, with St Pius and Mae’s meeting at 15:30hrs along with West Ruimveldt against Craig.At 16:20hrs Marian Academy will oppose St Margaret’s on pitch one, while Enterprise will take on Smith Memorial on pitch two.St Stephen’s and J.E. Burnham will be in action, with North Ruimveldt challenging Redeemer also from 17:10hrs.
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by Doug Ferguson AP Golf Writer SAN DIEGO (AP) — Due to the fog that wiped out an entire day of golf, the Farmers Insurance Open was never going to end on Sunday.Tiger Woods just made it look as if it was over.Hands thrust in the pockets of his rain pants, Woods walked off Torrey Pines in the chill of twilight with a six-shot lead and only 11 more holes standing in the way of winning on the public course along the Pacific Ocean for the eighth time in his pro career.He drove the ball with superb control in the third round on his way to a 3-under 69 to build a four-shot lead after three rounds. He lost control with his driver in the fourth round and still managed three birdies in seven holes.“All we can do tomorrow is go out and try to make him think about it a little bit and see what happens,” said Nick Watney, one of two former winners at Torrey Pines who faced the tough task of trying to make up six shots on Woods.The other was defending champion Brandt Snedeker.“I’ve got a guy at the top of the leaderboard that doesn’t like giving up leads,” Snedeker said. “So I have to go catch him.”Woods was at 17-under par for the tournament and will resume his round on the par-3 eighth hole. CBS Sports wants to televise the Monday finish — no surprise with Woods in the lead — so play won’t start until 2 p.m. EST.Snedeker played 13 holes of the final round. Watney played eight holes. Both were at 11-under par.Woods played 25 holes. He started with a two-shot lead and tripled it before darkness suspended the final round.“It was a long day … and I played well today,” Woods said. “Overall, I’m very pleased that I was able to build on my lead.”Thick fog washed out all of Saturday, forcing players to go from sunrise to sunset Sunday. They finished the third round, took about 30 minutes for lunch and went right back onto the golf course. IN CONTROL–Tiger Woods pulls his driver from the bag as he gets ready for his tee shot on the fourth hole at Torrey Pines during the third round of the Farmers Insurance Open golf tournament, Jan. 27, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)
By John BurtonSHREWSBURY – Nothing is expected to change for the Shadowbrook catering facility under its new ownership, including its name.“The same reason everybody booked this place is the reason we bought it,” noted Jim Kourgelis, who is one of the six new owners, who took over the site in the last couple of weeks.Kourgelis, Saddle River, along with his five partners, have taken over the venerable facility, operating at 1 Obre Pl. for more than four decades by the Zweben family and “We want to continue the wonderful job that they did,” Kourgelis said.The only real changes planned are to “give it a little shot of love,” he said. And that means sprucing up the location, refreshing wallpaper, making minor repairs and revitalizing the garden and grounds, Kourgelis explained.“Our goal is to continue to have this the best catering facility in the area,” he said.Kourgelis and his partners own and operate two other catering facilities, the Venetian, in Garfield, and Seasons, Washington Township. They’ve owned them for 15 and 27 years, respectively, with Kourgelis calling them more traditional sites, as compared to the Shadowbrook. They had considered renaming the institution, “but being here for a couple of weeks, getting to know the history and tradition,” he said, “we felt it was important to keep it as Shadowbrook.”That attitude and the new owners’ experience sat well with the former owner, Robert Zweben.“The Shadowbrook is a very, very special place,” Zweben said, wanting to hand it over to someone who would appreciate its history and reputation.Zweben, along with his father, Sidney, and brother Sandy, bought the approximately 18-acre property and restaurant 43 years ago. The site originally had been Shadow Brook Farm, established in 1910 by wealthy New York physician Dr. Ernest Fahnestock.The site had been an a la carte restaurant and wedding facility when the Zwebens bought it and they continued operating as that for a number of years before gradually shifting to catering only. “Which is a much easier operation,” Robert Zweben acknowledged.The site has lush, decorative grounds and garden area and its interior is decorated with items, such as ceiling panels, from such historic sites as the former Paramount Theater, New York City; and from the day room of the former Villard Mansion (Now the Helmsley Palace Hotel, on New York’s Madison Avenue.)Zweben confided there was any number of developers anxious to purchase the property. “And a lot of those people were willing to pay giant numbers,” for it, he said.“But it’s in our heart and I just couldn’t do that,” to the facility and to his long serving staff, he said.He decided to sell to Kourgelis and his partners because, Zweben felt, “After 43 years I think these are the people to maintain it and bring it to the next level.”Kourgelis is keeping the existing staff and bringing some additional employees to operate the site, which in past years, Zweben said, had as many as 250-300 events a year.“We plan on being here for a while,” Kourgelis said.For Greg and Christina Cambeis, a Middletown couple, the Shadowbrook was an ideal choice.“We wanted to get married someplace outside,” opting to have their ceremony on the grounds’ garden, said Christina. “It was perfect. We loved it.”“It was a perfect place,” Greg added.He feared the location might have become a condo or townhouse development. And that it’ll continue largely as it is, “I think people appreciate that,” Greg Cambeis said.
OAKLAND — 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 …
Share 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.
Bring 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. 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.
A 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 lake 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