2 Aug
2020

GO WEST MARIE STRETCHES OUT TO TAKE $125,000 FRAN’S VALENTINE STAKES BY 1 ¼ LENGTHS UNDER STEVENS; TRUMAN TRAINEE GETS MILE ON TURF IN 1:38.81

first_imgFILLY BY WESTERN FAME TAKES GOLDEN STATE SERIES RACE FOR CALIFORNIA-BRED OR SIRED OLDER FILLIES & MARES ARCADIA, Calif. (May 23, 2015)–Favored Go West Marie stretched out off of three consecutive sprints to win Saturday’s $125,000 Fran’s Valentine Stakes by 1 ¼ lengths, while covering one mile on turf under Gary Stevens in 1:38.81. Trained by Eddie Truman and owned by Peter Redekop BC, Ltd., the 4-year-old filly by Western Fame appeared on the muscle early but settled into a stalking trip en route to notching her fourth stakes win and seventh win from 20 starts. (The Fran’s Valentine, run as Santa Anita’s sixth race, was the second in a series of five Golden State Series stakes for horses bred or sired in California).“The key with her is to get relaxed,” said Stevens. “When Rafael (Bejarano, aboard eventual sixth place finisher Wild in the Saddle) was getting out pretty good going into the first turn, it gave me a little bump to get out and she got a little aggressive. Once I got her back midway around the turn, she switched off for me and she has an explosive kick. She outclassed these fillies today.”The 3-5 favorite in a field of eight older fillies and mares, Go West Marie paid $3.40, $2.60 and $2.40. The win improved her overall mark to 20-7-2-5, and with the winner’s share of $75,000, she ran her earnings to $557,520.“Gary loved her at a mile,” said Truman, who is enjoying perhaps his best year as a conditioner. “We both think she’s actually better going a mile. Today it scared me with that slow pace, and he rode her like the champion rider that he is. He said ‘Hey, we’re not saving ground. We’re the best horse and here we come.”Ridden by Santiago Gonzalez, Chati’s On Top rallied from last to finish second, one length in front of longshot My Monet. Dispatched at 7-1, Chati’s On Top paid $5.20 and $3.40.Ridden by Gonzalo Nicolas, My Monet set the pace to the furlong pole and tired to finish third, three quarters of a length in front of Mangita. Off at 16-1, My Monet paid $6.60 to show.Fractions on the race were 24.33, 49.68, 1:14.47 and 1:26.78. –last_img read more

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14 Jan
2020

Ebola Survivor Wants Gov’t ‘Dollar Rally’ for Survivors

first_imgA survivor of the deadly Ebola virus disease and driver of Representative Saah Joseph’s ambulance during the heat of outbreak is calling on the government to help conduct a nationwide ‘dollar rally’ to support all Ebola survivors and orphans in the country.Speaking to newsmen yesterday at the Ministry of Information, Cultural Affairs and Tourism regular press briefing in Monrovia, Foday Gallah explained that many of the Ebola survivors were finding it very difficult to survive since recovering from the deadly disease.Ebola survivors throughout the country are finding life difficult especially due to the stigma and trauma with which they have to cope in their various communities, work places and homes, he stated.  “But I believe that government can help to address some of these challenges, including the improvement of survivors’ lives in society,” he said.“We are survivors and not a virus and need to be treated with care because we can help greatly in the fight against Ebola by telling our own story and experiences. We need the support of the government, various communities, friends and family members if the trauma and stress we are facing are to be reduced,” he said.If nothing is done by government and its partners to support Ebola survivors and orphans, Foday fears that some of them might likely engage in prostitution, criminality and other unlawful acts that will be harmful to the society in the near  future.Ebola is a deadly disease that usually disgraces people before killing them, he noted, and anyone surviving the disease must be supported in order to overcome the trauma and stress, including the future impact that causes many people to suffer from other sicknesses after recovering from the Ebola virus disease. “During the height of the crisis,” he explained, “we saw that things were terribly unbearable for our people.  People were dying in our hands, others in the ambulance, and we saw some people being denied by centers due to lack of space to care for them.”Foday revealed that he contracted the virus from a little boy who last August lost his parents and other family members to the deadly virus. He himself had transported them to the treatment center but none of them but the little boy survived the disease, Foday recalled.“After I dropped some of the patients at the ETU, I received this call and had to quickly get there to bring the patient over, but only to reach there and see this little boy vomiting, with no one to get him out or provide medical support,” Foday explained.He further disclosed that, “When these people, about seven of them, died, I informed the family that in case of anything, please call me. After two days they called and informed me that the four-year old boy was vomiting and needed medication.  And because people were distancing themselves from sick people, we had to do these things ourselves.“Husbands were leaving their wives for fear of contracting the disease. Family members, too, were also leaving relatives.  We saw children who fell prey to the disease in our very presence. We needed to do something to help our people and this was how some of us contracted the virus.”He said he was confident that together with the community, government and its partners, the fight against the deadly Ebola virus disease can be sustained.  Foday warned citizens not to be complacent and should not relax until Liberia is totally free of the disease, or announced by World Health Organization (WHO) that Liberia is Ebola-free.Foday Gallah, who has been described as one of the heroes in the fight against Ebola in Liberia, hailed District 13 where  Representative Saah Joseph’s  Population Communication International (PCI) and family members are located.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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10 Jan
2020

Three things we learned from the World Cup today

first_imgHere, AFP Sport looks at three things we learned today.Germany should have heeded the warningsWhen Toni Kroos’ 95th-minute winner against Sweden hit the net, most assumed a corner had been turned and that Germany would move into the last 16 with little more fuss.Instead, they were beaten by South Korea and crashed out in the group stage of a World Cup for the first time in 80 years.Their poor performances coming into the tournament proved to be indicators, not outliers. Germany had won only once in six matches and that became seven when they lost to Mexico in Moscow. In the end, it was the victory over Sweden that was the one-off.Germany’s misery is a triumph for the Swedes, who top the group, for Mexico, who beat them so convincingly, and even Korea, who go out on a high after their storming finale. But for the reigning world champions, this was a disaster, as unexpected as it was dramatic.Joachim Low has already said he will consider his future as coach. The inquest is just beginning.Brazil make quiet progressBrazil have qualified from a World Cup group for the 13th consecutive time and while there has been little in their three games so far to set the pulse racing, they have improved with every match.A 2-0 win over Serbia was hardly spectacular but there is a solidity to Tite’s side that means Brazil head into the last 16, having conceded only one goal and with momentum their rivals lack.The opening draw with Switzerland set alarm bells ringing and the anxiety was real in the final minutes against Costa Rica when the score was still goalless. But two late strikes in Saint Petersburg put them in control of Group E and against Serbia, they finished the job.Neymar played 90 minutes again as he continues to regain sharpness and the striker’s grin at the full-time whistle said it all. Their rivals may be stuttering but Brazil are quietly hitting their stride.Bottom half full of surprisesSweden’s progress as group winners adds to a surprising bottom half of the draw, which now includes Spain, Russia, Croatia, Denmark, Sweden and Switzerland. In the top half, meanwhile, sit France, Argentina, Uruguay, Portugal, Brazil and Mexico.Japan and Belgium are currently on track to complete the bottom section, Senegal and England the top, but that could change on Thursday.What is clear is the top half boasts more of the established favourites even if the likes of France, Argentina and Portugal are yet to really convince. In contrast, the likes of Croatia and Sweden have less pedigree but are showing better form and cannot be underestimated.Belgium and England play for first place in Group G on Thursday. It will be intriguing to see how eager each side is to win.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Germany midfielder Toni Kroos cuts a lonely figure after defeat to South Korea © AFP / BENJAMIN CREMELSAINT PETERSBURG, Russian Federation, Jun 27 – Germany’s defence of their World Cup crown ended in the group stage after they suffered a stunning defeat to South Korea on Wednesday.The four-time champions’ exit amounts to one of the greatest shocks in the tournament’s history, allowing Sweden and Mexico to go through while in Group E, Brazil and Switzerland advanced.last_img read more

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6 Jan
2020

Klopp seeks fitting finale to long road to Kiev

first_img0Shares0000King of Kiev? Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is hoping to cap a successful season by winning the Champions League on Saturday © AFP / Paul ELLISLIVERPOOL, United Kingdom, May 21 – Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is quietly confident his side can upset the odds by preventing Real Madrid from claiming a third consecutive Champions League title on Saturday, to cap a stunning season engineered by the German.Klopp’s men started their Champions League campaign in a playoff against Hoffenheim just to make the group stages back in August. Now, after plundering 46 goals in 14 games, Liverpool have made it back to the Champions League final in Kiev for the first time in 11 years.“I don’t want to talk about confidence, but we feel good and think we deserve to be where we are because the boys really showed up in all the different games,” said Klopp on Monday.“It was a very exciting journey so far and now we want to bring it to the best possible end.”By contrast, Madrid are featuring in their fourth final in five years. But Klopp believes Liverpool can compensate for their lack of experience compared to the European champions with other qualities that have characterised their run to the final.“If there is an experienced market, they should sell it because then they would be even more rich than they are already,” Klopp added of the Spanish giants.“Experience is very important in life but not the only important thing in life, and especially in football. It is an advantage to be more experienced, but you can level it with desire, with readiness, attitude, work rate and that is what I love in football.”Liverpool will be back in the Champions League next season no matter the outcome in the Ukranian capital as they held on to finish fourth in the Premier League despite a late-season blip in form as the physical toil of their European exertions showed.– Refreshed and ready to run –Guiding hand: Dejan Lovren has improved since the arrival of Virgil Van Dijk © AFP / Paul ELLISKlopp took his squad on a warm weather training camp in Marbella last week.And he believes a two-week break between their 4-0 thrashing of Brighton to ensure a top-four finish and the final is the perfect preparation to ensure Liverpool’s high-energy style can be fully utilised on Saturday.“It’s a very good moment for the club, for us, for the boys because we have finished the season in the best way we could,” he added.“It felt really good and then having the time to prepare the game is really good. We could do a lot of things and didn’t have to rush it or compress it into two or three sessions. It was good recovery time.”Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren is one of Klopp’s many success stories this season as the Croatian has improved significantly since being paired with club record £75 million ($100.6 million) signing Virgil Van Dijk in January.“I feel personally much more confident when you know you have a really good partner next to you and he showed already at Southampton that he is one of the best defenders in the Premier League,” Lovren said of Van Dijk’s influence.And Lovren urged Liverpool not to miss out on what could be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.“We have the biggest chance in our lives. For some of us, maybe it’s the only one,” he added.“We have something to catch, (for the) whole squad it is the first time in the final of the Champions League. We know what we are playing for and how hard it was from day one.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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3 Jan
2020

Data: Troops disregard rules

first_imgKILLINGS: ACLU releases documents on the treatment of Iraqi and Afghan civilians. By Ryan Lenz THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Newly released documents regarding crimes committed by U.S. soldiers against civilians in Iraq and Afghanistan detail a troubling pattern of troops failing to understand and follow the rules that govern interrogations and deadly actions. “The simple fact of the matter is interrogation is supposed to be stressful or you will get no information,” Welshofer wrote in a letter to the court asking for clemency. “To put it another way, an interrogation without stress is not an interrogation – it is a conversation.” The documents were obtained through a federal Freedom of Information Act request the ACLU filed with the military more than a year ago asking for all documents relevant to U.S. military involvement in the deaths of civilians in Iraq and Afghanistan. Only the Army responded. Considered against recent cases, including soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division convicted of killing detainees in Samarra, Iraq, last year and the ongoing courts-martial of Marines accused of killing 24 civilians in Haditha, these new examples shed light on how often soldiers and Marines may disregard the rules of war. Nasrina Bargzie, an attorney with the ACLU’s National Security Project, said the documents also show that there’s an abundance of information being withheld from public scrutiny. The lawsuit seeks to compel the military to produce all documents related to all incidents of civilian deaths at the hands of U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan since January 2005. The ACLU contends the materials must be released under federal law. The Defense Department declined to comment on the lawsuit until it could review its claims. Among the files released to the ACLU were the court-martial records for two soldiers convicted of assault in the drowning of a man pushed into the Tigris for violating curfew and three soldiers convicted in the “mercy killing” of an injured teenager in Sadr City. The teen had been severely injured; one soldier explained that he shot and killed the teen “to take him out of his misery.” Other killings included: A man shot after a search of his home near Balad uncovered illegal weapons and anti-American literature. Immediately after the shooting, according to testimony, Sgt. 1st Class George Diaz, who was convicted of unpremeditated murder, said, “I’m going to hell for this.” Diaz also was convicted of mistreating a teenage detainee when he forced the youth to hold a smoke grenade with the pin pulled as Diaz questioned him at gunpoint. A suspected insurgent in Iraq by Staff Sgt. Shane Werst, who said the man appeared to be reaching for a weapon. Werst was acquitted of murder despite acknowledging he had fired and then planted a chrome Iraqi pistol on the suspect to make his claim of self defense more believable. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The documents, released today by the American Civil Liberties Union ahead of a lawsuit, total nearly 10,000 pages of courts-martial summaries, transcripts and military investigative reports about 22 incidents. They show repeated examples of soldiers believing they were within the law when they killed local citizens. The killings include the drowning of a man soldiers pushed from a bridge into the Tigris River as punishment for breaking curfew, and the suffocation during interrogation of a former Iraqi general believed to be helping insurgents. In the suffocation, soldiers covered the man’s head with a sleeping bag, then wrapped his neck with an electrical cord for a “stress position” they insisted was an approved technique. Chief Warrant Officer Lewis Welshofer was convicted of negligent homicide in the death of Maj. Gen. Abed Hamed Mowhoush following a January 2006 court-martial that received wide media attention due to possible CIA involvement in the interrogation. But even after his conviction, Welshofer insisted his actions were appropriate and standard, documents show. last_img read more

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27 Dec
2019

FORMER DONEGAL POLITICIAN WANTS HOTLINE FOR SPORTS CHEATS

first_imgFormer Donegal politician Cecilia Keaveney has called for a special hotline to be set up to blow the whistle on match fixing.Cecilia KeaveneyThe Inishowen woman and former Fianna Fail Senator was previously the chairperson of the Council of Europe Sports Committee.She was responding to the latest claims of match fixing in soccer. Ms Keaveney says the GAA and the FAI should now lead the way in the fight against such alleged rigging of games.She said a specialist line should be set up so athletes can give information without being targeted by criminals making cash from such rigging of games.“The sport (soccer) is waiting for a blazing fire of evidence but we know that if it is possible then it will take place,” she saidForeign betting gangs have constantly tried to infiltrate some Irish sports including League of Ireland soccer.  FORMER DONEGAL POLITICIAN WANTS HOTLINE FOR SPORTS CHEATS was last modified: December 1st, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Ceclia Keaveneycheatinghotlinematch-fixinglast_img read more

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25 Dec
2019

BURGLARY VICTIM GRETA, 96, PLANS NEW BED AFTER COMMUNITY RAISES €3,380

first_imgMargaret Lilly with neighbour Robbie Callaghan and Cllr Ciaran McLaughlin receiving her support cheque for more than €3,380The 96 year old woman, attacked and robbed in her home, has said the first thing she will buy is a new bed after her community raised more than €3,000 for her.Margaret ‘Greta’ Lilly was left terrified after she was set-upon at her home in Buncrana on January 6th last.The widow was robbed but managed to raise the alarm before being hospitalised for a week. However, the raiders managed to steal a considerable sum of money which Ms Lilly was saving to have new windows installed at her bungalow.The local community, which was left disgusted by the attack, came together to set up the Margaret Lilly Support Fund.And yesterday Ms Lilly was presented with a cheque for €3,308 after just one month’s fundraising.Local Buncrana Town Councillor Ciaran McLaughlin, who started the fund at Buncrana Credit Union, said he was delighted by the response. Among those who donated to the fund having heard of Margaret’s horrific plight was a group of Donegal businessmen based in England who donated €1,000 after holding a golf classic.A doctor from Trim in Co Meath also donated €100 to help Margaret get back on her feet.Margaret is back in Letterkenny General Hospital after suffering a slight fall at her home in Aghilly but she hopes to be home soon.She said she was speechless by the generosity of the people who had heard of her plight.“I can’t thank people enough. Everyone has been so good to me. “I’m getting better all the time now and I would love to buy a new bed when I get home.“I just want everything to get back to normal now and I’m just looking forward to getting home to my own house again,” she said.Cllr McLaughlin said the support shown to Ms Lilly has restored his faith in people.“The burglary and attack on Ms Lilly showed the bad side of people but the support fund and how people responded to it shows there is always a better side to people. “I can’t say how proud I am of the people of Donegal and beyond at the generosity they showed to Margaret. My faith in people has been restored.“Hopefully Margaret can continue to recover now and get back home to live in peace,” he said.Meanwhile a man has been remanded in custody charged in connection with the break-in to Ms Lilly’s home.Thomas Alcock, 48, of no fixed abode, who is charged with burglary and threatening to kill will appear again in court on Match 14th.BURGLARY VICTIM GRETA, 96, PLANS NEW BED AFTER COMMUNITY RAISES €3,380 was last modified: March 3rd, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:buncranaBuncrana Credit UnionCllr Ciaran McLaughlinFundMargaret Greta Lillylast_img read more

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25 Dec
2019

Just pick up and move

first_imgBecause I don’t go to an office, I can usually avoid rush-hour traffic. But the other day was an exception. I had to meet a friend in Beverly Hills at 10 a.m. As I live about 15 miles away in the San Fernando Valley, I left my house at 8:30. I made it on time but just barely. As I sat in my car, stuck in the traffic jam from hell, I couldn’t help noticing that the traffic coming from the opposite direction was equally bad. And that’s when I had my latest brainstorm: Why don’t all these people just swap homes so they’ll live close to their jobs, and so they won’t be mucking up the freeways for those of us who have to get places? I can hear some of you now saying I’m nuts, that this is the goofiest notion you’ve ever heard. I guess you need reminding that that’s exactly what your nitwit ancestors said about airplanes and the electric light. Well, you couldn’t stop the Wright brothers, and you couldn’t stop old Tom Edison, and, by golly, you can’t stop me. There is nothing more relentless than a brilliant idea whose time has come. The great thing is that this powerhouse concept is equally applicable to all cities. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake Now I’m not suggesting that a wealthy guy living in a large house should trade with some fellow living in a shack. But I’m sure that in any city, as in Los Angeles, there are comparable neighborhoods all over the place. For instance, Beverly Hills is a very nice community, but there are homes every bit as large and attractive in Encino, just as Northridge is comparable to Culver City, and Studio City and West L.A. are virtually interchangeable. By now, I’m sure I’ve got most of you at least half-sold on the idea, except you’re thinking, Who would do all the packing and moving? There probably aren’t enough moving vans in America to do the job. Granted, in comparison, the D-Day invasion was small potatoes. Well, I’ve been saving the best for last. The clincher is that there would be no packing required, except maybe for your checkbook and toothbrush. The way I see it, rich people are pretty much alike, as are middle-class people, as are the poor. So all anybody would have to do is swap house keys and, where necessary, garage door remotes. You ask, what about personal items? Such as what? I reply. Oh, say, photo albums. Leave them, I say, for the new folks. For one thing, once people go to the bother of sticking pictures in an album, they hardly ever look at them again. And even when they do, after a few years, they generally find they don’t recognize half the people saying “cheese.” After 10 years, they don’t even recognize themselves. So far as I can see, that only leaves pets and children. Pets, as we all know, are pretty darn adaptable. So long as the new people feed them, they’ll be fine. As for kids, we all know they only act like brats when they’re around their own parents. Around strangers, they’re little angels because they never know if they’re going to get whacked. So while I personally regard the swapping of kids as strictly optional, sort of like your favorite Cuisinart, your baseball-card collection and your underwear, I frankly think you’d be a stoopnagel not to take advantage of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. — Burt Prelutsky lives in North Hills.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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18 Dec
2019

National crop commodity organizations looking to re-focus efforts moving forward

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest At the national level, corn, soybean and wheat commodity organizations are looking to assess their priorities for the future and focus on their strengths. There was an update outlining the plans for the future from each national organization at the December Ohio Grain Farmers Symposium held in Columbus.The National Corn Growers Association’s strategic plan will seek to enhance consumer trust, and related objectives. The plan will include strategies for key NCGA programs in that effort, including its participation in the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance, CommonGround and the Corn Farmers Coalition.“We are looking into where we want to be at in five years with the development of a strategic plan,” said Anthony Bush, who serves on the NCGA Board and farms in Morrow County. “We felt like we were an inch deep and a mile wide and we felt like we really needed to focus on what we were good at. We are working on that and it will be coming out the end of January.”Ohio’s Jed Bower, of Fayette County, is serving on the NCGA Public Policy Action Team overseeing the development of the strategic plan.The American Soybean Association is also taking a strategic look at goals for the future.“ASA has gone through a large change in the past year. We are trying to find out where our pinpoint should be and it needs to be with our relationships with our senators and representatives on the important issues for us. We need to build domestic demand and expand our international market access,” said Bret Davis, who serves on the ASA board and farms in Delaware County. “The new ASA strategic plan focuses on demand goals, policy, trade and regulatory issues, and providing additional financial resources for policy work through new opportunities and providing states with flexibility to let them do what they do best.”These goals encompass a broad range of issues that will demand attention in the coming years.“High oleic soybeans are making a big difference in what our food systems are going to be needing. And aquaculture is a good place to use soybean meal in the food rations and that has been a real plus in the meal markets. It is a growing market that we can supply,” Davis said. “We are looking at freedom to operate too. If we can’t do the job that we are allowed to do by our consumers and regulators, it hurts in our pockets.”A strategy for the future certainly must include the recent changes in the Panama Canal, a key transportation boon for soybeans in particular.“We just went to Panama and got to see the Canal as it was being finished — what a difference that will make to allow us to move our beans to where they need to go,” Davis said.Other key issues include biotech labeling, a possible two-year extension on the biodiesel tax credit, and important trade relationships, including Cuba.“One of the great things I have seen in the last few years is that the soy industry is working so well together and our farmer-to-farmer relations have been fantastic and that is what it takes — working together for the soybean industry,” Davis said.David Schemm, a Kansas farmer with the National Association of Wheat Growers, talked about the importance of a strategic plan for the nation’s wheat growers.“The National Wheat Action Plan is in the beginning stages right now to get profitability back into wheat. It is not one single area but several areas that are needed to get profitability back into wheat right now. Mills are helping transition acres into organic wheat production to satisfy a market that they need more supply for. We are not saying organic is for everyone but it may work to increase profitability for some farms,” Schemm said. “We represent a huge part of the country geographically. Our major policy areas we have been working on for the past year are farm bill implementation, transportation and tax policy. We need to have one strong voice in agriculture on one united front on these issues. Grassroots engagement is the key.”The idea behind the Wheat Action Plan is to raise productivity so that wheat no longer loses acreage to corn and soybeans by being less economically appealing. NAWG calculates that for every $10 spent on public and private industry corn research in 2014, only 70 cents went into wheat research.Additional goals in the plan included genetic improvements for wheat yields, developing strong resistance to fusarium head blight (or scab), improved rust resistance for high moisture years, and drought tolerance. Opening trade barriers and expanding wheat exports are also key priorities.last_img read more

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12 Dec
2019

Hands-On Gear Review: The Versatile DJI Ronin-S Gimbal

first_imgThis gimbal is one of the most intuitive stabilizers on the market, and it could definitely benefit your production. Read on for our full review.Our friends at DJI occasionally send us some amazing toys to try out, like the Hasselblad X-1D or the Inspire 2, but we’ve been looking forward to this one for a long time. The Ronin-S comes from a long line of quality DJI stabilizers popular among industry professionals. DJI’s gimbals have, for the most part, been large-format, double-handled bar-gimbals, like the original Ronin, but the Ronin-S is a one-handed pole gimbal for mirrorless cameras and DSLRs. Here’s what we learned shooting with it for the past few weeks. Payload capacity tested to 8 lbs.Manfrotto Quick Release Plate.12 Hours of battery life with a 2 1/2-hour quick charge time.Net weight of 4.1 lbs.Compatibility with most mirrorless cameras and DSLRs.360-degree rotation capability.Sport Mode for quick tracking.Joystick for precision panning and tilting.Finger trigger for quick changes to settings.Ronin App functionality via Bluetooth.Price: $699Let’s break down some of these features.The finger trigger is probably my favorite feature on the Ronin-S. Instead of switching to different modes to keep your camera at your desired angle, holding the trigger will lock your camera in a fixed position, and you can move the gimbal around however you like. Once you release the trigger, the camera will reset to the gimbal’s gyroscopic center. It’s an incredibly simple and useful addition that gives you a lot more maneuverability when tracking a subject.The sport mode is a setting on the gimbal that makes the Ronin pan and tilt at wildly impressive speeds, so you can track a fast-moving subject or do a quick whip pan.The Bluetooth-compatible DJI app is also a great tool. It lets you access the gimbal remotely, and it allows you to program specific movements or make slower timelapse-friendly movements.The 12-hour battery life is a bit shorter than the Zhiyun Crane 2, but its quick charge capability, via a USB-C port on the battery grip, lets you charge the Ronin-S with a simple cable — instead of taking the gimbal apart to charge the batteries.So, Why Do You Need This?Of course, there are a ton of stabilization options out there. What makes the Ronin-S so special? Well, to me, the price tag is unreal for the features. Any other stabilizer with the same features will cost hundreds of dollars more. The only gimbal that rivals this price is the Zhiyun Crane, but it’s only $100 cheaper with fewer features. Don’t get me wrong — the Crane 2 is an incredible gimbal, but after handling the Ronin-S (after using the Zhiyun for the past year), the difference between the two is pretty clear. So if you can spend an extra $100 for $500 worth of extra features, then I suggest going with the Ronin-S.You can also handle this gimbal upside-down, which lets you get some awesome shots close to the ground. This might not be a feature you use all the time, but, hey, it can come in handy one day if your video calls for a moving macro shot of a field of daffodils.I’ve also noticed that the stabilization algorithm that DJI uses is far superior to other gimbals on the market. With other gimbals, if you take a hard step, you’ll get some shake in your footage. The Ronin-S’s powerful motor limits the shake caused by running or jumping. This means you can do some crazy camera maneuvers with the camera in your hands, a la parkour. Think of the crazy shots you can get).All in all, if you’re looking for a long-lasting gimbal that’s going to work with any of your small to mid-sized cameras, the Ronin-S is the one. From indie filmmakers to professional cinematographers — anyone can get the job done with the Ronin-S.You can find out more at DJI.com.Looking for more on video gear? Check out these articles.A Guide to In-Camera Multiple-Exposure Photography with the Canon 5D Mark IVThe Blackmagic eGPU: The Graphics Upgrade Your Mac NeedsA Look At The Unmatched Versatility of the Canon C700FFThis DIY Roger Deakins Style Ring Light Costs Less Than $150Tips for Shooting Super High-Speed Footage with the Phantom Flex 4K The First LookRight out of the box, you notice the Ronin-S’s amazing build quality. It feels solid and well designed, and it has ergonomic grips on the handle for easy one-handed use. Its sleek metal design is gorgeous.The button layout is simple and straightforward, and the joystick is extremely responsive — it’s easy to manipulate, even with just one hand. It is a bit on the heavy side, but the extra length on the bottom of the detachable battery leaves ample room for double-handed handling.One of my favorite aspects of this gimbal is that the head is at an angle to the base to prevent blockage of the camera’s LCD screen (which has been a problem with our Zhiyun Crane).The Specslast_img read more

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