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first_imgLos Molinos >> The Los Molinos Lady Bulldogs overcame an early deficit Tuesday night to take a 56-46 win over the visiting Chester Volcanoes.Down 17-9 after the opening period, the Bulldogs narrowed the margin to 5, going into the half down 31-26. A huge third quarter on both ends of the court put the Bulldogs on top 42-33 and the cruised through the final period for the win.Rachel Rogers had a big night with 25 points followed by Reghan Shannon with 10, Henna Acevedo with 8, Genesis Acevedo …last_img read more


first_imgDBSA has provided a critical loan to Zimbabwe’s emerging cotton farmers. (Image: C S Monitor) MEDIA CONTACTS • Lesetsa Matshekga Investment Officer DBSA +27 11 313 3289 or +27 78 800 9146  RELATED ARTICLES • Botswana revives ostrich farming • SA store shows new way to farm • Congo welcomes SA farmers • Zambian hydro projects in full swingBongani NkosiZimbabwe’s small-scale cotton farmers have received a major financial boost from the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) to improve their output.DBSA announced the R104.6-million (US$748 000) loan to the Cotton Company of Zimbabwe (Cottco) on 23 November 2010.The funds will go towards Cottco’s inputs credit scheme, which facilitates funding for the emerging farmers.“This is a first ever landmark investment in Zimbabwe by the DBSA,” Admassu Tadesse, group executive for the international division at DBSA, said in a statement.“Through this investment communal and small-scale farmers will have access both to credit and capacity-building programmes which will empower them to grow more cotton.”Cottco supports thousands of small-scale producers, who farm about 242 000ha of land in the Southern African country. DBSA said the organisation works with a wide network of farmers, and provides access to skills and infrastructure.It provides farming inputs such as fertiliser, seed and chemicals through its credit scheme. These are made available during the growing season, under recommendations from Cottco’s agronomists.Zimbabwe’s cotton farming sector has been negatively affected by a lack of funding in recent years, as has all other facets of the country’s agricultural industry.DBSA said lack of access to foreign currency has stalled progress in reviving Zimbabwe’s agricultural sector.Before the recent loan, funds had dried up for Cottco, which meant local farmers battled to access much-needed finance for their capital expenditure needs and day-to-day duties.Recovery programme The developmental bank’s loan is meant to support the Zimbabwean government’s Short Term Economic Recovery Programme. The programme has identified agro-processing and agriculture as key priority sectors to drive the recovery of the domestic economy, Tadesse said.The agricultural sector is the major backbone of Zimbabwe’s economy, and when it began to collapse in 2000, the entire country took a hard knock.Widespread government seizure of commercial farmland through a controversial land reform act was at the heart of the crisis.According to the DBSA, agriculture contributes up to 17% of Zimbabwe’s GDP, 60% of manufacturing inputs, 35% of foreign exchange earnings and 15% of formal employment.“The Zimbabwean economy is heavily dependent on agriculture,” Tadesse said, adding that the bank believes that its loan to Cottco will be significant in supporting the revival of the industry, protect existing jobs in the sector and create new employment opportunities.Cottco is expected employ more than 5 000 Zimbabweans during the next buying season, which will generate about R25.6-million ($3.6-million) in wages, according to DBSA.Development mandateDBSA aims to invest in projects that have potential to boost the economies of Southern African nations. It recently contributed R748 000 ($105-million) towards the expansion of Zambia’s Kariba North Bank hydro power station.“The Zimbabwean investment is in line with the bank’s mandate and strategy to support development and viable projects in key economic sectors such as agriculture,” said Tadesse.“Building sustainable regional economies remain a priority area that the DBSA will aggressively pursue to ensure that the region is prosperous, integrated and progressively free of poverty and dependency,” he added.last_img read more


first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Several research teams, led by The Ohio State University, have concluded a three-year study evaluating the ability of agricultural management practices to reduce phosphorus-causing harmful algal blooms in Lake Erie.In 2012, the United States and Canada set the goal of reducing phosphorus entering the lake by 40%. Now, researchers have a better understanding of what management practices need to be implemented, and what research still needs to be done to meet these goals by 2025.The majority of phosphorus entering Lake Erie originates from the Maumee River watershed. More than 85% of the phosphorus entering the lake comes from agricultural sources such as fertilizer runoff. To address this, researchers are evaluating what agricultural management practices have potential to reduce this phosphorus, while supporting farmers to maintain profitability.Photo courtesy of NOAA Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory“There’s a lot of edge-of-field work going on that identifies successful practices in single fields. But when we scale up and ask how many of those practices need to be adopted over a wide area like the Maumee River watershed, that’s where we turn to our models,” said Jay Martin, project coleader for the recent study and professor in Ohio State’s Department of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering (FABE).The study, which was funded by the Ohio Department of Higher Education’s Harmful Algal Bloom Research Initiative, used five watershed models to help researchers determine the most effective approaches to combat algal blooms.Just as the local news uses models to forecast the weather, researchers use watershed models to project how different management techniques impact phosphorus entering Lake Erie. By layering five separate models over these practices, researchers are able to narrow in on the best solutions.Solutions are aimed at meeting reduction targets for two forms of phosphorus: total phosphorus and dissolved reactive phosphorus. Each spring, levels of total phosphorus and dissolved reactive phosphorus affect the magnitude of harmful algal growth. Year-round levels of total phosphorus, which includes dissolved reactive phosphorus, lower oxygen levels in the lake and result in the annual dead zone in the central basin of Lake Erie.Researchers worked with a team of stakeholders to determine what management practices to analyze with the models. The stakeholder group had wide representation from agricultural groups, government agencies, non-governmental organizations, and environmental groups. Together with researchers, these stakeholders helped determine what management practices and adoption rates were most likely to be feasible solutions to model.“In this study, we wanted to be able to show policy makers a range of expectations if we implement certain conservation strategies,” said Margaret Kalcic, project co-leader and assistant professor in FABE. “Multiple models help us address uncertainty and gain confidence in our practices.”Results from the study showed progress in reducing phosphorus that is required to decrease harmful algal growth. However, none of the modeled scenarios met the reduction goals for dissolved reactive phosphorus. These results point to the need to further increase adoption of existing practices and research alternative management practices, which is where researchers expect to focus their efforts next.“With the types of practices available to the farming community, we can make stronger strides reducing total phosphorus than with dissolved reactive phosphorus,” Martin said. “In the future, we need to develop management processes that are more effective at managing dissolved reactive phosphorus—processes that hold back or filter water.”The most promising scenarios called for a mix of in-field management like cover crops and subsurface fertilizer placement, and the use of buffer strips to help filter field runoff. One mix of these practices met the reduction goal for total phosphorus.The study also highlighted the importance of identifying sites where specific practices will have a higher potential of reducing phosphorus runoff. While this approach will result in accelerated gains in water quality and more efficient use of resources, it will require field level assessments and consultation with producers.It is also hoped that these results convey confidence to the public and farmers that properly combined management practices can make progress towards phosphorous reduction targets. Doing so should lead to an increase in adoption rates of effective practices and improve the ongoing harmful algal bloom problem in Lake Erie.Ohio’s Harmful Algal Bloom Research Initiative (HABRI) is a statewide response to the harmful algal blooms issue. Funded by the Ohio Department of Higher Education since 2015 and managed by Ohio Sea Grant, the initiative funds research across the state and is led by The Ohio State University and The University of Toledo. For more information about the program, visit go.osu.edu/HABRI. Additional translational products can be found by visiting http://kx.osu.edu/project/environment/habri-multi-model.last_img read more


first_imgWant to learn more about freelancing and filmmaking? Check these articles out:How to get Drone Flights Approved Near Airports with LAANCLearn to Not Crash Your New Drone: The DJI Flight Simulator7 Things You Need to Start Your Own Video Production CompanySaving Noisy Footage: The Easy Way and the Hard Way5 Reasons Why You Should Shoot Your Own Digital Web Series So you want to go full-time freelance as a filmmaker? Here are a few ways I made the hustle work, and how you can do it too.Top image via ImageBySutipond.Most filmmakers want to freelance. We want to live that romantic lifestyle of being on set (hashtag setlife) and having a new challenge to overcome every day. Never being in the same place, traveling the world, becoming the intrepid wanderer in search of the next story to tell.For most of us, this lifestyle is extremely hard to grasp. It takes a ridiculous amount of courage and a lot of very specific financial and personal concessions to get started, and you have to truly rely on only your own abilities to pay the bills. That is an unspoken part of the freelance lifestyle. The amount of courage and belief in yourself that it takes to make the jump. If you’re not really good at what you do, you can’t keep the lights on.Image via Bronze Bow Media.Before I had this job here at PremiumBeat, I freelanced for around 4 years and I learned a whole lot. I tend to be anxious about a lot of things, and probably at the top of that list is money. So, I was very careful and methodical about going freelance. I have a lot of thoughts on things that worked out well, as well as things that didn’t work out at all.Here’s my advice for the best ways to get started.A Retainer Is Your Best FriendImage via Idutko.I love retainers. I love them so much I want to shout about them from the mountaintops.A retainer (at least that’s what I call it in this context) is where you work out a deal with a company to pay you every month (or quarter, or week, whatever you work out) regardless of the amount of work that you do for them. More specifically and ideally, it’s where you work out a deal for a specific amount of deliverables (finished work) that you provide for that company or person in a given period of time.For example, you can set a deal where you’ll provide 2 finished pieces of social content (a couple of 1 minute videos for their youtube or instagram) per month. After you deliver, they pay you a set amount of money once a month. Then, they may have the option to ask you for a bit more if needed. You may find that some months they need you a ton, and others they may not call on you at all.Personally, I wouldn’t even consider going freelance unless you have something like this set up. When I initially became a freelancer all those years ago, it was because I had a retainer set up. I would work in an office setting with a company for around 2 weeks a month, and provide all of their video content. It was a truly amazing setup. I had plenty of time for other projects and clients, and they were able to get the video work that they needed.Image via Andrey_Popov.The trick to a good retainer deal is for it to be mutually beneficial. You get that sweet sweet “mailbox money” (money you know will be coming in the mail once a month) and peace of mind. Meanwhile, the company you work for doesn’t need to hire a full-time employee and generally spends less (benefits, salary, etc.) on what they need. It’s good for everyone.Retainers are all about setting up that base money that you can build on. Get a good chunk going into your bank every month so that you know you can at least pay rent. Then, work your way up from there.Types Of Retainers To ProposeImage via Jacob Lund.It’s a pretty exciting time for filmmakers since most businesses want video now. There are a lot of different and new applications for video content, so it’s easier than ever to propose retainer style video solutions to a business. Here are some ideas for what types of retainers to propose.Social ContentThis one is an easy one. A lot of businesses want someone to pump engaging social content into their various feeds. This can be anything from quick one minute promos for Insta or stories, to doing nice quick coverage of various events.If you’re able to do some motion graphic design, this is even better. You can give them quick animated snippets with their products or logos, etc. Create anything that shows that the brand has a personality, and can grab attention on social media.This type of retainer should have pretty low impact for both sides, in my opinion. You should be able to make quite a few quick videos like this, and this arrangement will lower cost for the client. Depending on the brand, of course.Youtube Specific Content / Managing ChannelImage via Galeano Stock.You can also pitch to fully cover and manage a youtube channel for a brand. This could mean a weekly upload, crafting an entire series, or just making a commitment to oversee and help create a brand’s entire youtube presence. This is a bit more of a time investment for the freelancer, therefore probably a bit more expensive for the company.This is the main type of retainer I’ve been able to do myself, and it’s really a lot of fun. You can build a new channel from the ground up and watch it grow. You’ll watch your client’s brand go from one with a lack of personality to a brand with a face. Part of that new personality is engaging content that you oversee. This can take a lot of forms, including interviews, testimonials, and commercials. There is a lot of creativity to explore in this type of retainer.Whatever They WantThis is where you set up a kind of wild wild west deal with the client. You are their video person for whatever they want. No rules, no deliverables, just for whatever they need you’re their guy. These are a bit riskier in terms of your own time investment. As such, you should charge more. They may use you so much that you aren’t able to take on other clients, so you need to set your price accordingly. Not to mention, if one of your other clients needs you but you’re busy with your retainer client, then your retainer client needs to take priority. This can lead to some very awkward situations.This is essentially where you more or less become the employee of a company. The only differences is that you’re without benefits and you may or may not be able to work remotely.Bring As Much To The Table As PossibleImage via ImYanis.While a lot of people will discourage being a “Jack of all trades, master of none,” knowing more than just filmmaking specific skills will help you out dearly in your freelancing journey.First and foremost, I can’t recommend enough knowing how to do motion graphic design (and non motion design as well). That has helped so many times in my career. Not only can you offer professional quality video, but you can also provide animated graphics and logos when needed. The more skills you can offer your client, the more they will need you and want to keep paying you.You don’t have to become an expert. Just know enough so that it’s clear that you’re talented and have the type of creative vision that they need. You want to become the one-stop solution for any of their video and creative needs. Just knowing how to do a nice, smooth animated logo transition or how to add some sleek animated text to something will help you out dearly.Here’s a tutorial I made with some After Effects basics that can help you get started.last_img read more


first_imgSahil had a bad reputation in school. At the age of 14 he had already been suspended three times for various reasons ranging from smoking, bunking school and being rude to his teachers. Most teachers had given up on him and the staff room chit-chat was spiced up with Sahil’s latest antics. When he reached class 9, Neha, his young new teacher was warned by her colleagues to keep him in check. Everyone was surprised: Neha did not seem to be keeling under pressure with Sahil in her class. In fact, she couldn’t stop talking about how bright and talented he was. And as for Sahil, he seemed to be going through a gradual transformation.Instead of the surly, angry, disrespectful Sahil, the school saw a happier, brighter, confi-dent young man who seemed to be full of life! He was taking great interest in academics and focussing his energy in excelling in his passion-football. If you are wondering what made such a turn-around possible then there is a simple answer: mentoring!So what is mentoring exactly? Mentoring is a life changing connection that can open the window to a new world of optimism and hope. Where doubt can turn into possibility and possibility into passion. It is tragic that most teachers tend to limit themselves to just teaching chemistry, physics, mathematics when they could actually be mentoring their students and enriching them for life.Sir Ken Robinson, the revolutionary educationist describes the four roles of a mentor (The Element, Penguin 2009) as follows.Mentors recognise Mentors are able to see ability and gift in each child. Be it sports, academics, theatre, music, dance, interpersonal skills, poetry, leadership qualities, or any other thing. They notice the smallest of details. They go beyond the facade children present sometimes and see what makes them truly special.Mentors encourageRather than going down the beaten path of “let’s work on your weaknesses”, they believe in highlighting, nurturing and showcasing the child’s strengths. So the artistic child gets to decorate the board, the drama queen gets to organise a skit and the high-energy child is given the responsibility of managing all class events.Mentors FacilitateHave you ever seen the Canadian game of Curling? In this game, heavy blocks of granite are pushed on ice. The team which manages to take its stone to the target first is the winner. The sweepers, who with immense skill and strategy facilitate the speed and direction of the stone by clearing the pathway with their brooms, are the most fascinating part of the game. Mentors are like sweepers in Curling who can facilitate the blossoming of every child with their magical brooms! They have the knack of sweeping away feelings of self-doubt, low self-worth and confusion with similar skill and determination.Mentors stretch and nudge. They get directly involved in the children’s lives. From making time for the child, listening, connecting with the parents, they go beyond the typical role of a teacher. They gently nudge the child to go the extra mile. From getting the math whiz in the class to enroll in Math Olympiad, to making the shy orator shine on stage, they encourage children to take risks, be comfortable with failures and then try again. And behind it all, there’s a deep faith in the ability of each child.I like to think that a true mentor is like a prism. She captures the light in each child and turns it into a brilliant rainbow. That is the power of mentoring!advertisementlast_img read more


first_imgN. SrinivasanBCCI President-in-exile N Srinivasan was on Thursday formally appointed the first Chairman of the ICC after its 52-member council approved a controversial revamp of the body’s administrative structure.The full council approved the amendments to the ICC’s Memorandum and Articles of Association at the Annual Conference, here.As was widely known before the conference, Srinivasan was elected the Chairman despite being barred by the Supreme Court of India from carrying out his duties as BCCI President due to ongoing investigations into the match-fixing allegations relating to the 2013 edition of the IPL.However, after the Apex court refused to stop his nomination to the ICC position, decks were cleared for his anointment to the newly-created post. The revamp will also hand major executive decision-making authority to the ‘Big Three’ of the game — India, Australia and England.”It is an honour to be confirmed as the Chairman of the International Cricket Council. I will leave no stone unturned in trying to strengthen the pillars and foundations of our sport, both on and off the field,” Srinivasan said in a statement issued by the ICC.”I want to ensure that cricket retains and grows its popularity, and that the ICC plays a leading role in this global growth. I want to see more strong teams in international cricket. For this to be achieved, we all need to work hard to develop local talent in our countries. Naturally, there will be more support to those who first show they can help themselves,” he addedadvertisementSrinivasan congratulated outgoing ICC President Alan Isaac for his contribution.”Mr Isaac has been an inspirational President of the ICC. He provided guidance to everyone during his two-year term and all three international formats remain incredibly popular. The game is unquestionably stronger than it was at the start of his term,” said Srinivasan.The approval of the constitutional changes, which flowed from an ICC Board resolution taken in Singapore on February 8 and finalised on April 10, also means that a new Executive Committee was formed, which will report to the ICC Board.The initial Chair of the Executive Committee will be Cricket Australia’s Chairman, Wally Edwards, while the Chair of the ICC’s Finance and Commercial Affairs Committee (F&CA) will continue to be England and Wales Cricket Board’s Chairman, Giles Clarke.The Annual Conference also saw Mustafa Kamal become the 11th President of the ICC.”This is a memorable and historic day for Bangladesh cricket. On this day 14 years ago, Bangladesh became the 10th Test playing country. Today, a Bangladeshi becomes the 11th President of the International Cricket Council. Thank you for bestowing this honour on Bangladesh and me,” said Kamal.”Over the next 12 months, I look forward to working with the ICC Board and ICC Management, and will be delighted to contribute in any way I can. In Mr Srinivasan and David Richardson, I have absolute trust and confidence that we have a combination that will not only strengthen our sport, but will also take this great organisation to a new level.”From 2016, the ICC Board, which will continue to be the primary decision-making body, will elect the ICC Chairman for a two-year term.The ICC Board confirmed that the USA Cricket Association (USACA) is the recognised member. The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) and ICC management will, however, continue to work with USACA and other interested stakeholders to assist in overcoming some challenges currently facing the governance and development of the game in the USA.The ICC Board also approved the Development Committee’s recommendation that Oman Cricket (OC) become the 38th Associate Member of the ICC. However, Affiliate Membership of Brunei was suspended, while Tonga was removed as an Affiliate Member. The ICC now has 105 members.The ICC Board also noted the Associate and Affiliate Members’ decision, which re-elected Imran Khawaja and Neil Speight for another two years as their representatives on the ICC Board, while Keith Oliver was replaced by Francois Erasmus.- with PTI inputslast_img read more

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