Foundation expects to distribute $12 million in grants this year

first_imgThe Florida Bar Foundation, already expecting to make about $10 million in legal aid grants, will shortly have that boosted by $2 million through the state’s new Civil Legal Justice Act.Foundation President Bill Thompson reported to the Bar Board of Governors recently that since its inception, the Foundation’s IOTA program has provided more than $150 million in financing for legal services to the poor and more than $7 million for projects to improve the administration of justice.This year, the Foundation will make about $10 million in grants to legal services, about $600,000 in grants to improve the administration of justice, and more than $50,000 in grants to law students doing public service work, he said.In addition to that, the Foundation anticipates gearing up the Civil Legal Justice Act soon. Under that law, the Foundation expects to sign a $2 million contract with the state Department of Community Affairs to run pilot programs in seven circuits.Under the law, those programs will be geared to problems that poorer families typically have. The money cannot be used to sue the state or any of its agencies.“We’re hoping to have something final in September,” Thompson said. “We have plans to move very quickly to get the funds out to worthy projects to show our legislature the value and benefit of those funds.” Foundation expects to distribute $12 million in grants this year September 15, 2002 Regular Newscenter_img Foundation expects to distribute $12 million in grants this yearlast_img read more

Governor Wolf Urges Pennsylvania’s Congressional Delegation to Fund Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Reduction Act

first_img May 20, 2016 Governor Wolf Urges Pennsylvania’s Congressional Delegation to Fund Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Reduction Act Press Release,  Substance Use Disorder Harrisburg, PA – Yesterday, Governor Wolf sent a letter to Pennsylvania’s congressional delegation urging them to fund the comprehensive Opioid Abuse and Reduction Act of 2016. The text of the letter is below and can also be viewed here.Dear Congressman/Senator –The magnitude of the addiction and overdose death epidemic in Pennsylvania is shocking: at least seven Pennsylvanians die every day from a drug overdose. With nearly 2,500 overdose deaths in Pennsylvania in 2014 and estimates that the 2015 total will be higher, a collaborative effort on the federal, state, and local levels is crucial in combating this crisis.I have been holding roundtable discussions throughout Pennsylvania in order to listen to local and state officials about the challenges that they are facing, as well as discuss the initiatives of the administration, the state legislature, county agencies, treatment centers, hospitals, and medical schools. These roundtables are an opportunity to work collaboratively with the General Assembly and community leaders to ensure Pennsylvania leads the nation in the fight to combat the opioid abuse and heroin use crisis.Last week, I was encouraged by the passage of a package of bills in the United States House of Representatives that would help to combat the opioid and heroin crisis in the United States. After meeting with local leaders and families throughout Pennsylvania who have been personally affected by this epidemic, I understand how crucial federal, state, and local resources are to combating this epidemic. I am respectfully requesting that you vote to fund Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Reduction Act of 2016 (H.R. 5046) in order to provide addicted individuals and their families with the resources they so desperately need.My administration has taken several actions to fight the heroin and opioid crisis including: signing a statewide standing order for naloxone, making it possible for all Pennsylvanians to access this life-saving drug; equipping the Pennsylvania State Police with naloxone so that those troopers who are first on the scene of an overdose can have another tool on-hand during these emergencies; partnering with Adapt Pharma to make Narcan available to public high schools across the state at no cost; developing the ABC-MAP prescription drug monitoring program to detect and prevent prescription fraud and abuse, which contribute to addiction; and appointing a director for the state’s Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) Office, who will work to ensure that the PDMP meets its goal of assisting healthcare professionals in identifying patients that would benefit from treatment.In an effort to curtail drug addiction and curb the supply of excess drugs that can be used illicitly, the Department of Health is leading an effort to build upon the opioid prescribing guidelines already created, including specific guidelines for emergency department providers, dentists, obstetricians and gynecologists, and pharmacists. These guidelines give healthcare providers direction for safe and effective pain relief practices, with greater emphasis on non-opioid therapies and greater caution to prevent addiction and diversion. In addition, the DOH recently joined dozens of healthcare organizations, medical experts, and consumer advocacy groups in signing petitions requesting changes to federal pain management requirements that are believed to foster dangerous prescribing practices.The Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs has led a statewide initiative to get naloxone into the hands of municipal police departments. To date, more than 320 municipal police departments are equipped with naloxone, and those departments have reversed more than 900 overdoses as a result of that effort. DDAP also has developed a “warm hand-off” policy, mandating county-level drug and alcohol administrators to create processes whereby overdose survivors are taken directly from the emergency department to a licensed drug treatment provider. In some areas of the commonwealth, early reports indicate as many as 50 percent to 70 percent of overdose survivors are getting into treatment immediately through this process. Under DDAP’s leadership, Pennsylvania’s Prescription Drug Take-Back Program is helping communities properly dispose of unused and unwanted prescriptions. To date, there are nearly 450 take-back boxes located at police stations across Pennsylvania. In 2015, more than 56,000 pounds of prescription drugs were taken back and destroyed.Furthermore, the expansion of Medicaid eligibility in Pennsylvania under the Affordable Care Act has greatly increased access to treatment services for hundreds of thousands of Pennsylvanians.Finally, my proposed 2016-17 budget provides more than $34 million to treat 11,250 new individuals with substance use disorder. The Department of Human Services will provide 50 new Opioid Use Disorder Centers of Excellence for individuals with substance use disorder, providing medication-assisted treatment and appropriate wraparound services, such as cognitive-based therapies.The funding of the Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Reduction Act would be instrumental to adding to state and local efforts to combat the heroin and opioid crisis. Please keep in mind the needs of the millions of Pennsylvanians who are personally affected by this as you consider funding the Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Reduction Act of 2016.Sincerely,Governor Tom Wolf# # #Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Clements leads by four in amateur final

first_img Todd Clements leads Jack Gaunt by four holes after 18 holes of the final of the English amateur championship at The Berkshire. The 20-year-old trailed the early stages of the match, twice dropping behind to Gaunt’s birdies, but he got ahead on the 10th and then dominated play over the inward half. Clements didn’t drop a shot until the 18th, where his tee shot finished in an awkward lie in the rough, and he was three-under for the briskly played round. As Clements’ play grew increasing assured, Gaunt suffered the misfortune of three putts lipping out on consecutive holes as he steadily dropped behind. Even when he appeared to have the advantage, Clements generally had the answer. For example on the long 15th Gaunt was comfortably on in two while Clements missed the green on the right, only to pitch up to within a couple of inches for a half in birdies. On the short 16th both tee shots missed the green: Clements’ drive trickling off the putting surface and down a bank; Gaunt’s pushed shot getting a great break and threading through a tree on to the 17th green. But it was Clements who got up and down and moved to four up in the match. The 17th also went to Clements after Gaunt’s second ended up in deep rough on the right of the hole and he could only chip out sideways. Again, his putt for a half lipped out. However, on the 18th Clements found such a difficult lie right of the green that he had to take two to reach the putting surface, while Gaunt’s solid par won the hole. Click here for live scoring  Image copyright Leaderboard Photography Tags: English Amateur Championship, Todd Clements 6 Aug 2017 Clements leads by four in amateur final last_img read more

Ex-Warrior Gilbert Arenas rips Zion Williamson; could it be sour grapes?

first_imgHeads up, Gilbert Arenas is hoisting some wild shots.Not on the basketball court. The one-time Most Improved Player for the Golden State Warriors, Agent Zero has been an NBA retiree going on a decade now. But he still reserves the right to launch — whenever, whyever, however.Same as it ever was.On his podcast this week, Arenas went off on Duke power forward Zion Williamson. With Duke’s elimination from the NCAA Tournament, it seems a foregone conclusion that the Fab Frosh is headed the NBA …last_img

Kenya on top of Chile quake data

first_imgMapped data points indicate areas that need immediate attention. (Image: Ushahidi Chile) Damaged apartment buildings testify to the violence of the February 2010 Chile quake. (Image: Wikimedia) MEDIA CONTACTS • Eric HersmanUshahidi operations directorRELATED ARTICLES • South Africa reaches out to Haiti• SA concert to aid Haiti • Supercomputers to the rescue • African inventions site honouredJanine ErasmusKenya’s Ushahidi group, based in Nairobi, is supplying valuable data to facilitate rescue attempts in the aftermath of the 8.8-magnitude earthquake that struck south-central Chile on 27 February.Ushahidi (Kiswahili, meaning “testimony”), is an open-source platform for real-time citizen-generated data-gathering, especially useful in the event of a crisis or other significant happening.It was established after Kenya’s controversial election in 2007, which led to a dispute over which of the two candidates had won and escalated into ethnic violence that left about 800 people dead and many thousands displaced. The two parties eventually signed a power-sharing agreement under the guidance of then UN secretary-general Kofi Annan.CrowdsourcingThe term commonly used for the way the data is collected is “crowdsourcing”, and it alludes to the fact that the data-gathering task is assigned or outsourced to a group or community.Ushahidi is also the name of the software that powers the site. It was developed by an innovative team of Kenyan bloggers, among them Erik Hersman who is the brains behind AfriGadget, named as one of Time magazine’s top 50 websites of 2008.The Ushahidi concept is beautifully simple – local eyewitnesses submit their reports via text messages, emails, Twitter or an online form, and their reports are added to a Google map so that events and trends may be tracked in terms of both time and location.Initially the management team comprised mainly volunteers, but has since become established as a more formal and focused operation, and it now has helpers from around the world.Reaching out to those in needThe centre was recently called upon to set up a comprehensive Haiti page, providing data about the earthquake that shattered that island nation in early January 2010. The page is available in English, French, Spanish and Creole.Their experience was needed again just a month later, when the 8.8-magnitude earthquake struck Chile in the early hours of 27 February. Over 700 people are reported dead, with about 2-million displaced.Its epicentre was just 115km northeast of the city of Concepción, the capital of the Biobio region, situated roughly in the centre of the long, narrow country. Chile also boasts the unwelcome distinction of the most violent earthquake in history, the 1960 disaster that struck some 900km south of the capital Santiago.The Ushahidi team sprang into action straight away after the February quake, setting up a crisis website within an hour. Less than 48 hours after the site went live, over 100 reports had already been mapped. This visualisation of the data is invaluable for rescue and law enforcement teams, as they can see at a glance where they need to focus their efforts.Management of the site was then turned over to volunteers from Columbia University‘s School of International and Public Affairs, with a group of Chilean expatriates assisting.The website can be read in English, French and Spanish. People receiving text messages of help from loved ones trapped in the ruins are encouraged to forward the message to the Chile Ushahidi website, where it will be mapped, enabling emergency crews monitoring the data to note the plea and respond swiftly.The site is also being used to track incidents of looting and vandalism, and to alert citizens to other issues such as road closures.Reports may be submitted by text message to +44 762 480 2524; by email to [email protected]; by tweeting #chile or #terremotochile; or online.The online form offers a variety of notification categories, ranging from emergencies, threats and service interruptions, to dead or missing people and shops that are open.Because blogs, news reports and even Twitter are at times clogged with useless information, the team has built Swift River, a customised open-source filtering system that screens and validates the incoming data, ensuring efficient use of priceless time.They have also developed utilities such as SMS Turk which automatically translates incoming text messages. This proved invaluable during the Haiti crisis when many messages were sent in Creole and French, and a speedy response was required.Sharing the codeThe Haiti website was probably the team’s biggest success to date, said Hersman. “It proved what we said all along – you can crowd-source useful crisis information.”Plotted data was used extensively by relief organisations such as the Red Cross.During the Kenyan riots, incidents of both violence and peace were monitored with the assistance of a cadre of 45 000 users on the ground.Accounts were verified, as they are with all the Ushahidi websites, before appearing on the map, using sources such as the Kenyan government, the local and international press, NGOs, and bloggers.The venture’s success prompted the developers to share their code in 2008 with a South African group, United for Africa, which monitored the xenophobic attacks that broke out in the country in mid-2008.The team realised that the software needed to be developed far more for it to be used efficiently, so with a donation of US$200 000 (R1.5-million) from grant facilitators Humanity United, they set to work and were ready to release an alpha version of Ushahidi by October 2008.Three more alphas later, the beta version is now available on the website as a free open-source download, so that others may use it for similar purposes. The developers said it can also be used for less distressing situations, such as corporate internal monitoring.Many organisations have implemented the Ushahidi software to monitor global events. These include the recent heavy snowfalls in Washington DC, the widespread swine flu outbreak, the 2009 Indian elections, wildlife tracking in Kenya and more.last_img read more

Sitting in the chair of African dreams

first_img1 October 2010 A spectacular hand-beaded chair is getting South Africans talking about their dreams and expectations for their country, their communities and themselves. The Dreams for Africa Chair is a project of the Hillcrest Aids Centre Trust (HACT), situated in KwaZulu-Natal. The chair has become a nationally recognised initiative that has warmed the hearts of South Africans and given them the license to express their expectations and raise their hopes for the future. Some may even be inspired to go on and take action to bring their dreams to life.Unleashing South African dreams About eight years ago, the HACT launched the highly successful Woza Moya (Zulu, meaning “Come Holy Spirit”) income generation project to help women affected by HIV/Aids to earn a living. KwaZulu-Natal is one of South Africa’s provinces that is most affected by HIV/Aids. A study titled South African National HIV Prevalence, HIV Incidence, Behaviour and Communication Survey 2008 reveals that between 2002 and 2008, KwaZulu-Natal had the highest HIV prevalence in the country. The original purpose of the chair was to draw more visitors to the Woza Moya stand at the 2010 Design Indaba, an annual conference and exhibition that brings together designers, architects, crafters, artists and other creative talents from all over the world. Besides showcasing their jewellery and small crafts at Design Indaba, Woza Moya wanted to create something spectacular to help raise funds of R1.5-million (US$214 000) for a new craft centre. Paula Thomson, who runs the project, described the dream chair as a revolutionary idea. “We realised that the women in the project had stopped dreaming about the future, and we were saddened by this. Their circumstances, being HIV positive and living in poverty, didn’t leave much room for dreaming anymore,” she said. This thinking led to the creation of the “talking” chair. The entire chair, except the painted arms and legs, is adorned with beautiful handmade beadwork. Every woman in the project was asked to put her personal dream into the little beaded pieces that would become the chair’s patchwork upholstery. Thomson and the team envisaged that the wings attached to the chair would resemble wire angel wings. However, a German volunteer at the project came up with a much better idea – he constructed the wings from wood in the shape of the African continent, giving the chair a local twist on the classic wingback style. The next challenge was to find a suitable chair. “I was just walking past a skip bin one day and I saw four chair legs sticking out of it,” Thomson said. She rescued an old broken chair from the skip, it was glued back together and local upholsters were tasked with patching it up. The chair has now become a metaphor for the women who come into the project. “They come in broken and damaged and by working together there is transformation within.” After the chair’s first appearance at the Design Indaba in February earlier this year, it has toured the country. Thomson and Claudia Krumhoff, HACT marketing and public relations officer, and photographers Peter Upfold and Matthew Willman have visited many South African towns and cities. Every person who sits in the chair and shares their dreams adds to the character of this work of art. The photographers have generously donated their time and creative input to take photographs of anyone who wants to sit in the chair and share their dreams. Wherever it goes, people are curious about the chair. “The good thing about the chair is that it also connects people to HIV/Aids in a non-threatening way,” Thomson said.South Africans can take a seat HACT staff and patients in the respite care unit were the first to receive the honour of sitting in the chair. Thomson said that although some of the patients were too weak to walk, they still insisted on being carried to the chair. “This was an incredible experience because it was as if their dignity had been restored.” Many local celebrities and South African icons have since been photographed in the chair: Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, cartoonist Jonathan Shapiro (famous as Zapiro), local band Freshlyground, radio personality DJ Fresh, musicians Lira and Johnny Clegg, and actors Leon Schuster and Shorty, to name but a few. Claire Johnston, vocalist of the everppopular South African band Mango Groove, was recently photographed in the chair. She was amazed by its detail. “So much work and care had gone into making it; so much human feeling, which is what makes an object special. I was told that the chair had a certain magical quality, and that people who saw it were drawn to it and wanted to sit in it,” Johnston said. She also said that the chair has come to represent something very powerful: “It is definitely a symbol of what we all have in common, what unites as opposed to divides. I want to be like the chair – positive, bright and full of possibility!” The support of high profile South Africans is invaluable to the Dream Chair project, said Thomson, but it is also important to photograph ordinary South Africans, especially those who are doing outstanding work in their communities. Jessica Foord from Hillcrest is one such example. She survived a gang rape while walking with her father at a dam near Hillcrest in 2008. Foord didn’t want to remain a victim, so she established the Jes Foord Foundation to help people restore their lives after rape, to raise community awareness about rape, and also to support victims’ friends and families.South Africans’ dreams “We get to hear everyone’s innermost dreams. People have even asked if they can have two or three dreams. This shows that to some extent, we have all stopped dreaming,” Thomson said. There is no limit to the type of dream people can express, whether it’s for themselves, their communities or for the country. The dreams that South Africans have shared reflect the diversity of the country. They have been funny, uplifting, thought-provoking and unexpected. A mother from Khayelitsha in the Western Cape dreams of clean water for her children who are always sick; a three-year-old girl wants to be teen television character Hannah Montana; a young boy wishes to become a successful businessman and make his parents proud; and another South African would like wealth to be distributed more evenly in the country. While taking the chair to Robben Island, Thomson encountered a man on a Cape Town wharf whose dream was that South Africa would overcome its biggest stumbling block of people not talking to each other any more.Bursting at the seams Woza Moya is currently housed in a garage, but is in need of a craft centre to inspire the women to come in and work. The garage also houses a sewing and pottery project and the venue is bursting at the seams. Although it is an incredible hub of creativity, said Thomson, the project is now at the stage where it needs larger facilities. Over 300 crafters are involved in the project. The team helps every woman who comes in to identify a creative skill such as beading, quilting, embroidery or sewing, which she can use to earn an income. The body of crafters grows every week, but infrastructure constraints are making it difficult to accommodate more women. A R1.5-million injection would make it possible to enlarge the craft room, build a second storey and do other renovations. Last year the centre raised R3-million ($428 000) for the crafters. “This proves that our crafters are at the centre of everything we do,” Thomson said.Getting involved Anyone can hire the chair at a daily rate to photograph it on their premises. Many companies are hiring it as part of their strategic planning meetings as well as brand and team building sessions. Any photo shoot with the chair can be tailor-made to an organisation’s needs. The rate includes a set of postcards, which can be customised with the customer’s logo, and extras may be bought for an additional fee. Prints of South Africans, celebrities and community leaders who have already been photographed in the chair can be ordered and prices vary depending on the size of the image. An extensive catalogue of the postcards, as well as rates, is available online. Woza Moya also sells dream-themed items such as tablemats, handbags and notepads directly from their craft shop in Hillcrest. They plan to soon release a coffee table book of all the photographs and dreams. Thomson hopes that the Dreams for Africa photo exhibition will raise more awareness of HIV/Aids in South Africa. “We’ve never really met anyone that hasn’t been moved by the chair,” she said. “It has been on an incredible journey, and it just makes you feel connected to South Africa again.” First published by – get free high-resolution photos and professional feature articles from Brand South Africa’s media service.last_img read more

Jon Miller, Nov. 17

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest I am still spreading lime for some of the neighbors. We got most of the dry fertilizer spread on our ground and we have been doing some tillage. Some fields we are chiseling, some we are running a no-till ripper and other fields we are running vertical tillage on corn stalks.  We just finished spraying yesterday on just about all of our acres. We have had good weather to get it done.We spread rye on with the spreader and worked it in after wheat for a cover crop. We’d like to get some straw off of it next year. Time will tell how that will work but we got a good start with it this fall.Marketing will be an issue with these prices, but luckily we at least have a good crop to market.  In 2017 we’ll probably just stick with our normal rotation. I can’t see where one crop would outweigh the other. There is a lot of demand for both crops out there, but we have big crops of both so any way we can get trade working for us it would really help. The Trans Pacific Partnership doesn’t look like it is going anywhere. Maybe we can come up with better trade deal down the road.We are hoping to finish tillage this weekend and maybe start on drainage tile after that. I have a week or so of lime left to spread, but the supply around here is running out.last_img read more

Consider Corn Challenge shines a light on corn’s growing potential in bio-economy

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Six new technologies, that are poised to change the way the public perceives our country’s most abundant crop, were highlighted today in Anaheim, Calif. as winners of the inaugural Consider Corn Challenge, an open innovation contest hosted by the National Corn Growers Association. The diverse range of science unveiled shows that corn is squarely situated on the cutting-edge of technology, ready to support a wave of growth sweeping through the renewable products industry.More than 30 scientists and start-up companies answered the global call to bring forth their best ideas focused on the conversion of corn into bio-renewable chemicals. Contest entries reinforced that corn can improve the environmental footprint of many products used by consumers, including plastic bottles, acrylics, solvents, fibers, packaging, and coolants.  Many of the submissions included bio-advantaged molecules, with the ability to deliver performance and value that exceeds petrochemicals.The six winners of the competition are:Lygos — The Berkley, CA company is producing Bio-Malonic acid (Bio-MA) from renewable sugars using cutting edge biotechnology. It is used today in diverse markets, including high-tech composites and coatings, electronics, flavors & fragrances, and pharmaceuticals. Traditionally Malonic Acid is currently made in China from petroleum, through an expensive process that employs hazardous chemicals.  Lygos’ system uses non-toxic chemicals and mild conditions resulting in an environmentally friendly process with superior economics that can be deployed in the U.S. Annikki — Technology to produce FDCA (furandicarboxylic acid), a replacement for petroleum derived terephthalic acid for plastic bottles, fibers, and nylons was the winning entry from the Chicago, Ill. company. FDCA is a versatile bio-advantaged molecule with the potential to replace 100 million tons of petrochemicals. FDCA is not only 100% renewable, it also provides superior performance properties.  This allows plastic soda bottles to be lighter, use less energy in manufacturing and extend the shelf life for carbonated products.Iowa Corn Promotion Board — This technology developed by Iowa corn farmers, is for the production of MEG (monoethylene glycol). MEG has a range of diverse applications from coolants and heat transfer fluid to packaging material. Today, many major consumer products groups are searching for ways to reduce their packaging’s environmental footprint and Iowa Corn’s bio-renewable MEG may be the answer. Millions of tons are produced annually with a value estimated to be more than $25 billion.Vertimass — Vertimass of Irvine, CA, is seeking to produce aromatic chemicals using renewable corn ethanol to replace petrochemicals. The markets they are targeting are very large: 10’s of millions of tons, and a value in excess of $100 billion annually. This process represents a potentially very large new market, diversifying opportunities for ethanol plants and increasing corn utilization.Sasya — Sasya, of Maple Grove, Minn, is producing methylmalonic acid which can compete in methyl methacrylate markets for making acrylic glass, and adhesives. The methyl methacrylate market is estimated to be 5 million metric tons and is worth more than $7 billion.South Dakotas State University — SDSU’s efforts are focused using renewable precursors such as glycerol and lactic acid to make unsaturated polyester resins (UPRs).  Today, UPRs are used to make large plastic tanks, as a binder in fiber glass sheets and other reinforced plastics.“The renewables industry is already an important driver for the U.S. economy generating billions of dollars in revenue but the additional potential in the emerging bio-economy remains largely untapped,” said Bruce Peterson, chairman of NCGA’s Feed Food and Industrial Action Team. “NCGA is proud to showcase these great technologies. Continued improvements in sustainable corn production underscore corn’s ability to significantly improve the environmental footprint of many common household products.”This year’s six winning projects were previewed at the 2018 Commodity Classic at the Anaheim Convention Center on Wednesday. Each winner will receive a U.S.$25,000 cash prize.  NCGA will also explore additional opportunities to support contest entries throughout their development and/or commercialization. The contest generated 33 submissions from eight countries along with nearly 4,500 website visits from 82 countries.“According to a USDA study from 2016, the U.S. bio-based products industry currently creates 4.2 million jobs and generates $393 billion in value added contributions to our economy, but there are many exciting market segments yet to be explored,” NCGA Director of Market Development Jim Bauman said.“Today’s winners exemplify the potential for corn to play an ever-expanding role within the bio-economy.  The ability to produce economically competitive, bio-advantaged molecules, compared to traditional petrochemicals, is driving many companies to review how corn can play a larger role in their future procurement strategy.”Being immersed in the latest ideas and technology related to machinery, crop inputs and agronomic practices is expected at the annual Commodity Classic, Peterson noted, but it is especially meaningful to make this announcement of new, high potential corn uses at a time when farmers are facing another year of low prices.“This challenge is geared to inspire new concepts, approaches and technologies that will help drive innovation and corn’s value. The growing productive capacity of corn farmers makes it essential that we continue to find innovative new ways to use this versatile crop,” said Peterson. “The Consider Corn Challenge will bring positive attention to our winners and help them move closer to commercialization. Likewise, our expectation is this Open Innovation competition will raise awareness of the capabilities and benefits of corn throughout the scientific community.”NCGA and state corn associations actively support innovation in research, development and commercialization.last_img read more

Every Video Editor’s Secret Weapon: Royalty-Free Footage

first_imgFrom grabbing location inserts to creating a promo video without leaving your office, royalty-free footage is an excellent way to save time and money.Picture this — you’ve got 24 hours before the deadline for a client’s video. You’re combing through the last parts of the video, and you realize that one of your establishing shots of a city skyline is drastically overexposed. There’s no fixing it — you’ve corrected it as much as you possibly can, and it still looks like a photo your Dad took with an old disposable camera.Well, there’s good news: you don’t have to re-shoot. You don’t even have to save the corrupted footage. You can find footage of that exact city skyline and downloaded it to your timeline in under 10 minutes.And that’s just one use of royalty-free footage. You could use royalty-free clips to make an entire segment — if you’re feeling bold enough, you could create an entire project out of royalty-free footage. It’s an incredible tool, so let’s take a look at all the advantages royalty-free footage can offer.Producing A PromoAfter the recent documentary-driven interest in the infamous Fyre Festival, our friends over at Shutterstock spent some time thinking about the insane budget behind Fyre Media’s own promo video. The filmmakers could’ve made, essentially, the same video for much less — without sacrificing quality. To prove it, Shutterstock made their own FyreStock promo video.#lonuboislandAll the footage in this promo came from Shutterstock, edited in just a day. It still captures all the hype of the original Fyre Festival video, without involving a crew and models (and shipping them to an exotic island). So if you’re trying to create a mood for a client’s brand with an exciting promo video but don’t have the resources to go out and shoot it yourself, royalty-free footage can put you anywhere you need to be.Saving MoneyImage via Neil Bradfield.If you think about all of the production costs associated with producing your own video, they rack up quickly. Take Hollywood blockbuster budgets, for example — even a middle-of-the-road production can cost upward of $100 million. The associated costs beyond gear and production include things like travel, food, insurance, lodging, and more. Jordan Dyck over at Shutterstock actually estimated the cost of the Fyre hype video:Private Island Location: $10,000/day – x2 days = $20,000High level model talent: ($2,000 each/day) x10 = $20,000Helicopter: 2 hrs = $2,000Drone Operation Team: $5,000/dayCamera Crew: $5,000/day x2 = $10,000Equipment rentals (cameras, underwater gear, etc): $1000 – $5000/day x2 days = $10,000Catering: $500/day x2 days = $1,000Yacht rental: $8-$10k for 8 hrs x2 = $20,000Jet ski: x 3/day = $2,000“Concert” with live DJ: $20,000+ Production Overhead = $10,800+ Production Fees = $43,200Estimated Total = $161,200 USD*And even that is a relatively conservative estimate. I mean, Do you think Bella Hadid really only charges $2,000 each day to be in your video?While the costs for the original video seem astronomical, the FyreStock video only cost around $5,000, which includes the costs for the stock videos (about $175 each) and royalty-free music from us here at PremiumBeat.So even if you aren’t making the “next big viral video,” you could easily make a budget-friendly video using only royalty-free clips for your company — or for a client’s production.Establishing ShotsOkay, so what if you aren’t planning on creating your own video out of stock footage? There are a few more practical uses for royalty-free footage. One of these is establishing shots. When you’re shooting on set, especially for a project with a limited budget, taking precious hours to pick up, get on a rooftop, and grab a shot of a city skyline can de-rail a production.Take a look at these clips that I grabbed from Shutterstock. I would use these for an establishing shot of a few friends meeting at a bar in the city.Video via VIA Films.Video via Sam Wagner.Image via NYCStock.Does this look familiar to you? It’s because you’ve seen royalty-free footage in all your favorite shows. Most large-scale productions use these clips for establishing shots since it’s easier on both the crew and the production staff.Inserting these clips at the beginning of a scene saves me the time and energy it would take to hire a drone pilot and secure FAA licenses to fly near the skyline — not to mention permits for location shooting and permissions from establishments to use their buildings. All the work is done — you just have to download the clip.Production value skyrockets with the strategic use of good establishing shots and high-quality videos. With the right clips, making your project look like a major production on a small-scale budget is easily within reach.So, try it out for yourself. Head over to Shutterstock and comb through 12 million videos and images you can use next time you need something you couldn’t shoot yourself — or videos to create your very own promo video without leaving your computer.Cover image via Nejron Photo.Looking for more video production tips and tricks? Check out these articles.Streamline Your Film or Video Project with an Assistant EditorThe 5 Tenets of Capturing Good B-Roll for Your DocumentaryChanging the Audio Editing Game with PremiumBeat’s Track StemsDaVinci Resolve: THE Total Guide to the Best Free Video EditorThe Indie Filmmaker’s Guide to Low- or No-Budget Location Scoutinglast_img read more

3 UCLA basketball players suspended after theft in China

first_imgQC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Makabayan bloc: Duterte suspension order on rice importation only a ‘media stunt’ PLAY LIST 02:46Makabayan bloc: Duterte suspension order on rice importation only a ‘media stunt’00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games “I’ve learned my lesson from this big mistake and I’m a hundred percent sure I’ll never make a mistake like this again. It’s going to make me a better person from here on out.”When it was his turn, Hill said, “I’m sorry for shoplifting. What I did was stupid. I don’t want to be known for this dumb mistake.”“I hope you can forgive my stupid, childish actions,” he added.Riley was the first to speak and he thanked the Pac-12 Conference, several UCLA administrators and his teammates.“You guys mean so much to me,” Riley said of his teammates. “I’m sorry for letting you down.”Athletic director Dan Guerrero also spoke at the news conference, but no one took questions from a large group of media.ADVERTISEMENT Alford didn’t specify what the indefinite suspensions mean, saying only that the three players would have to earn their way back onto the team.He said at some point, the trio may be permitted to join team workouts, meetings and practices, but that timeline has yet to be decided.“We will come to a resolution in short order,” Guerrero said.Earlier Wednesday, Trump tweeted: “Do you think the three UCLA Basketball Players will say thank you President Trump? They were headed for 10 years in jail!”All three players did.“I’d like to thank President Trump and the United States government for the help that they provided us as well,” Ball said.The players were detained in Hangzhou for questioning following allegations of shoplifting last week before the Bruins beat Georgia Tech in their season-opening game in Shanghai. The rest of the UCLA team returned home Saturday.Guerrero said the incident occurred when the team was given 90 minutes of free time on Nov. 6 in Hangzhou.“Those three visited several stores, took items from three stores and returned to the hotel,” he said, without revealing the items taken or their value.The next day, Guerrero said, police arrived at the hotel shared by UCLA and Georgia Tech and interviewed both teams in an attempt to identify the culprits. Police searched the players’ personal belongings and the team bus before identifying Ball, Hill and Riley, he said. Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH No one from Georgia Tech was implicated.Guerrero said the UCLA trio was taken to a police station for questioning, and Alford arrived later, along with basketball administrator Chris Carlson. Guerrero found out while flying to Shanghai.After being arrested, the players remained in custody for questioning and were released on $2,220 bail on Nov. 8. Guerrero said they had to give up their passports and agree to travel restrictions.Upon their release, they remained in a hotel at UCLA’s insistence, not the local police’s, with Carlson and another administrator supervising them, Guerrero said.He said the bail money was refunded by police. Once the charges were withdrawn, the trio acknowledged breaking the law, he said.Guerrero said UCLA provided the resources to help the players and the university is working to see who is responsible for costs and any NCAA implications.Police told the players they could leave the country on Tuesday and they boarded a plane later that day.Guerrero said Alford reminded his team of the expectations for good behavior before they left on the tripand while they were in China.UCLA traveled to China as part of the Pac-12’s global initiative that seeks to popularize the league’s athletic programs and universities overseas. The China Game is in its third year, and while the scandal was developing the league announced that California and Yale will play in next year’s edition.The No. 23 Bruins host Central Arkansas in their home opener on Wednesday night. Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 View comments Serena Williams set to wed in New Orleans — reportscenter_img Flanked by teammates Cody Riley, left, and Jalen Hill, UCLA basketball player LiAngelo Ball reads his statement during a news conference at UCLA Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017, in Los Angeles. The three players were detained in Hangzhou following allegations of shoplifting last week before a game against Georgia Tech in Shanghai. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)LOS ANGELES — Three UCLA basketball players detained for shoplifting at three high-end stores in China publicly apologized Wednesday before coach Steve Alford announced they were being suspended indefinitely.Freshmen LiAngelo Ball, Jalen Hill and Cody Riley won’t be allowed to suit up, practice or travel with the team while the university continues to sort out the circumstances of last week’s incident in Hangzhou, China, Alford said during a news conference at Pauley Pavilion.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Read Next LATEST STORIES Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa “These are good young men who have exercised an inexcusable lapse of judgment and now they have to live with that,” Alford said. “They let a lot people down in the process.”“I’m confident that they have already begun to use this experience as a life lesson,” he added.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutBall, Hill and Riley took turns confessing to the theft and apologizing while also thanking President Donald Trump for intervening on their behalf with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping. The players had returned to Los Angeles on Tuesday after Chinese authorities withdrew the charges against them.“I’m sorry for stealing from the stores in China,” said Ball, the younger brother of Los Angeles Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball, who played last season at UCLA.last_img read more