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News of Steph Curry’s surgery greeted by shock, dismay, half-hearted jokes

first_imgFans, observers and the NBA community barely had time to digest the fact that Stephen Curry was going to miss playing time after suffering an injury to his left hand during a game against Phoenix on Wednesday night.On Friday came another bombshell. The Warriors announced that Curry had surgery to repair his left hand and will be reevaluated in three months. He could miss 45 games.Dr. Steven Shin — who performed surgery on Steph Curry’s left hand — also did procedure on Drew Brees’ broken …last_img read more

Wheat ahead of schedule

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The calendar may say that this is just the first few days of spring, but some wheat crops aren’t paying attention to the dates on the page.In some areas in central Ohio, wheat is already at Feekes growth stage 5, which in a typical year doesn’t happen until early April, said Laura Lindsey, a soybean and small grains specialist with Ohio State University Extension.OSU Extension is the outreach arm of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University.The earlier growth stages for some Ohio winter wheat crops is thanks to the warm-up experienced in many areas of the state recently, Lindsey said.Ahead of schedule“Wheat growers can’t look to the calendar date this year to judge their crop’s growth stages simply because it’s been so warm recently,” she said. “We haven’t seen a year like this in recent times, so our recommendation is for growers to go out and check their wheat plants to judge their growth stages.“Wheat in some areas in central and south-central Ohio are already in Feekes growth stage 5, and some wheat crops in northwest Ohio are already at early green-up.” Lindsey said it is important for growers to track the growth stages of their wheat crops because management decisions are made based on the plant’s growth patterns.“Generally, Feekes growth stage 6 occurs in southern Ohio during early April,” she said.“However, with the abnormally warm temperatures, Feekes growth stage 6, which is also known as jointing, may occur weeks sooner. So it’s important that growers go out and stage the wheat now to understand where their crops are in their development to be able to make the right management choices.”Timing nitrogenOne of those management decisions is when to apply nitrogen to wheat, she said.“Wheat needs nitrogen at Feekes growth stage 6, which could be in about a week or two this year,” Lindsey said. “So, for some growers, now maybe the time to apply nitrogen.”To determine if wheat is in Feekes growth stage 6, growers can:• Dig up several clusters of tillers with roots and soil from multiple locations in the field.• Identify and select three to four primary tillers from each cluster – usually the largest tillers with the thickest stem.• Strip away and remove all the lower leaves, which are usually small and yellowish or dead leaves, exposing the base of the stem.• Look for the first node generally between 1 and 2 inches above the base of the stem. This node is usually seen as a slightly swollen area of a slightly different (darker) shade of green than the rest of the stem.A video on identifying Feekes growth stage 6 can also be viewed at youtube.com/watch?v=iukwznx4DPk.last_img read more

November Featured Geocacher of the Month Nominees – Add Your Comments

first_imgRokman4( Member since 2008 )Rokman4Nomination by 2oddHOGs:“Rod spends a lot of time helping new cachers learn everything from the basics of geocaching to more intricate hides. When I first met Rod, he was giving a talk at a small town library. Rod is enthusiastic and thinks nothing of going over to a person’s home to help them with a computer problem or to take them out to find their first cache.  Rod was instrumental in setting up the first ever geocaching training ground, on a city owned recreational island, that will stay a training ground even now that the training event happened (close to 100 people attended).  Rod spent a lot of time working to make a contact with the city, showing them what he planned for the  island and getting the city’s support to hold the event and keep the island as the training ground. Rod is a terrific role model for those of us that are new the the game. ”nicgeo( Member since 2009 )nicgeoNomination by Mickelic:“Nicole is a geography teacher who uses geocaching to teach her students about latitude and longitude. She just wrote a grant for new GPS devices for her students and was awarded $500. Those who awarded the grant thought that her grant was the most unique and they featured Nichole in their monthly newsletter. I believe that she should be up for a nomination because, due to her excitement for geocaching, all of her students love going on field trips geocaching in our area. There is so much more about NicGeo which makes her the cacher of the month.” October Featured Geocacher of the Month, coast2coast2coastEvery month the geocaching community nominates people to be the  Geocacher of the Month – a geocacher who positively contributes to the community and stands out for his or her outstanding involvement in the activity. Groundspeak Lackeys choose three of the nominees and tell their stories here on Latitude 47. The community selects which of the three should be designated “Geocacher of the Month.”Last month, geocachers awarded the honor to coast2coast2coast. More than 50 geocachers wrote in support of the winner. Coast2coast2coast has hosted multiple events, helped direct the Mid Island Geocaching organization, and is known for his dedication to the geocaching community. Congratulations to all those who were nominated in October.Now it’s your turn to help select the featured November “Geocacher of the Month.” The nomination period is closed and we have whittled it down to the three geocachers featured below.Featured Geocacher of the Month GeocoinWrite a comment on this blog post about which of these three geocachers you feel should be November’s “Geocacher of the Month.” Those whose nominees were not recognized here are encouraged to submit their nominations again next month.Some testimonials have been edited for length. Comment below to tell us who you think should be the featured November “Geocacher of the Month.” A panel of Lackeys will use your comments to help decide which geocacher is awarded the honor. Each featured “Geocacher of the Month” will receive an exclusive special edition featured ”Geocacher of the Month” Geocoin along with a Geocacher of the Month hat and a certificate acknowledging their contributions signed by 2 of the founders of Geocaching.com. We will be accepting comments for November’s award through Monday the 24th.If you know an outstanding geocacher who should be the Geocacher of the Month, send an email to geocacherofthemonth@groundspeak.com.Every nomination must meet the following requirements:Geocacher of the Month Geocoin Please include your name, the name of your nominee, their username, at least one picture of the nominee and a description (500 or fewer words) explaining why he or she deserves to be the Geocacher of the Month. Please inform your nominee that you’ve submitted them for the award. Nominations for the December Geocacher of the Month must be received by December 3rd.Once we have received all of the nominations, we will choose the top candidates and post them on the blog. You will then get a chance to champion your favorite. Our goal is to involve the entire geocaching community in this process so we might learn from each other.Share with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedAnnouncing the October ‘Featured Geocacher of the Month’October 25, 2011In “Community”Announcing the November Featured Geocacher of the MonthNovember 23, 2011In “Community”Featured Geocacher of the Month Nominees – Add Your CommentsOctober 13, 2011In “Community” _JohnnyCache ( Member since 2007 )_JohnnyCacheNomination by Bocco:“_JohnnyCache has volunteered countless hours of his time as the president of the Maryland Geocaching Society for the past two years. In that position Tom has worked tirelessly to promote geocaching in our state. He also provides links for helpful information, and detailed instructions on how to use various GPSr’s, software, etc., in our organization forums. He has created a Maryland Geocaching Society fanpage on facebook, and a smartphone app for our forums. _JohnnyCache is not only an enthusiastic geocacher in his own right, who has hidden some of the most devious cache hides in the state, he gives back to our community of cachers. His efforts as president of our society have enhanced geocaching in Maryland enormously.”last_img read more

Making a Short Film With Little to No Crew: The Aftermath

first_imgWe’ve asked before if making a film by yourself is possible. Well, it’s been a couple of years, and the technology has advanced, so we’re asking again . . .In 2016, we published an article titled “Making a Short Film with Little to No Crew: Can it Be Done?” The article documented tips and advice on the growing trend of short films (and features) made with just a handful of crew members or with no crew members at all — just one person handling everything but the acting. Although 2016 was just a blink ago, technology, as always, has advanced, making it perhaps even easier to make a film on your own than it was just two years ago.However, while technological advances have allowed new filmmakers to go it alone, after finally making a short narrative film myself, I can say there were indeed a few areas one doesn’t normally explore when working with a collective. In short: it’s just not as fun, and it’s quite lonesome. Working entirely alone eliminates the best part of making a film — collaboration. Filmmaking at its core depends upon the creative work of like-minded individuals. Those who make short films with little to no crew members do so out of desperation and an insatiable desire to create.I’m sure others have encountered their own challenges, but from my experience, post-production took longer than anticipated — especially when I expected the hardest part of making a film by myself to be lugging a car full of equipment through a muddy forest. However, that hasn’t been the case.If you’re about to make a film by yourself, here are four aspects of post-production that I found challenging without a team.1. Second-Guessing Your Creative ChoicesIf you followed the tips laid out in the previous article, you may have created a short film with just one character, two at most, and shot it in one location. This format helps with managing production when your hands are already full. However, one element we didn’t discuss before is collaborating with your actor(s). During production, you can bounce ideas off each other, but when the dust settles, and it’s just you again, there’s no one to ask, “What do you think works better?” Or more importantly, there is no more experienced voice in the room than your own.2. Feedback OptionsMany know that asking friends and family for opinions on creative projects rarely pans out because they often want to be supportive and will tell you it’s fantastic, while a professional would tell you a certain scene could be shorter. Furthermore, there’s nothing more infuriating than explaining to someone that this is just a rough cut and the sound has not been mixed or finalized, and their only critique is that it sounds like the audio has not been mixed or finalized.If you find yourself second-guessing yourself and continuously changing a scene, you’re going to have to bite the bullet and make a choice — and stick to it. Otherwise, you’ll spend more time wondering what’s good than pushing the project forward. If you are truly unable to get a second set of eyes on your work outside of the actors who appear in your short, it’s best to take it online. The community you’re presenting it to will critique your work, and ultimately, that will be your collaborative feedback.3. When The Motivation Stops, So Does The ProjectFollow enough film outlets, and you’ll hear weekly horror stories about how difficult it actually was to make a feature film. Harsh winds on set, actors nearly catching frostbite, editors accidentally deleting footage. Filmmaking is a difficult endeavor no matter your budget level, but ordinarily you’re going to have a team you can depend on — and who will depend on you.No matter which crew member the production is waiting on to move forward, everyone’s roles comprise a single working machine, and each cog needs to turn. When you’re a lone wolf, there are no cogs; there is no machine. Metaphorically, you become a stream, and like nature, the flow will decrease at times, and at other times it will move faster. But when it stops, so does the entire film. If that motivation dwindles for weeks at a time, that’s your project stalling. This can become a mental battle as there are two detrimental paths you will likely travel.The first: beating yourself up over the thought you haven’t worked on your project for the last several weeks — but life happens, it’s fine. If you’re creating a film solely by yourself, it’s likely that there are several factors at play — money, available crew, etc. You’re also going to have commitments outside of the project, and they’ll need attention to.The second: paradoxically, you can get caught up in the mindset that you have to consistently advance the project because you can’t let it stop, and as a result, from grinding out edit sessions for the sake of momentum, you run out of creativity and motivation.It’s essential to balance hitting goals and finding inspiration. However, when you’re responsible for the editing, audio, VFX, grading, and so on, your motivation can dwindle when you think about how much work you have left to do. So break it up. Even if your short is just 10 minutes long with three scenes, separating them onto different timelines can be mentally rewarding. The amount of work, although it still exists, doesn’t look as challenging. Opening up Resolve and seeing only 30 seconds of timeline instead of ten minutes is much less intimidating.4. Lack of Team MoraleThe final element, which blends with both previous factors, is the belief in your project — and more importantly, the belief in your talent. One of the strangest elements of working on a film solely by yourself, especially when you’re used to a team environment, is the lack of accountability. No one is asking where you are with the project. There’s no makeup artist eager for stills — no producer wanting to know why you’re a day behind. When you’ve made a film with a team, there’s no greater feeling than showing off a completed a scene to the rest of the crew.I think this is the most detrimental element of working alone — the lack of outside interest. You make a film because you want to share a story, opinion, or theory with a group of people, and that in itself is very rewarding. But the the most rewarding element of making a film is often the adventure that comes with making it — and the people you make one with. Remember, if you’re making a film by yourself and you’re struggling to get it over the finish line, the primary purpose of doing this in the first place is to advance to a position where you can hire (or at least bring on board) other people for your next film.All images via Lewis McGregor.Looking for more production tips and tricks? Check these out.Film Study: How to Pull Off a Twist Ending in Your FeatureA Look at The Masterclass Sound Editing of “A Quiet Place”The 5 Keys to Capturing Beautiful Landscape FootageAudio Gear: 10 Super Cheap Accessories for Your Audio KitPost-Production Tips: How to Save Corrupted Footagelast_img read more

Ban Kimoon Visits Somali Refugees

first_imgUN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday visited the sprawling Dadaab refugee complex and praised the resilience of more than 350,000 Somali refugees there while expressing sympathy for their suffering.“This is a tragedy – a man-made tragedy. If leaders had listened more to the aspirations of their people, we would not be here,” he told refugees in Dadaab’s Ifo 2 camp on Thursday. He added that although refugees in the camps were facing great challenges, it was encouraging to see how they had organized themselves, established democratic structures and provided community based security.Ban Ki-moon was himself internally displaced during the 1950-53 Korean War, while the parents of World Bank President Jim Yong Kim, who accompanied the UN chief, were refugees. “There is nothing like being out of your country, not being able to move,” he said, before pledging World Bank support to get Somalia back on the development track.Representatives of the refugee community expressed their concerns for the future, restriction of movement and security in the camps. A member of the local Kenyan community told the delegation about the burdens faced by hosting such a large number of refugees for more than 20 years.Ban Ki-moon and Jim Yong Kim also toured the camp to get a better understanding of the harsh living conditions in the arid area. They visited a hospital, including a maternity ward and a nutrition stabilization centre.Source:UNHCRlast_img read more