AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinals160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Re: “Heaven help us” (May 18): The headline couldn’t have been more apt. Our elected leaders, from the president on down, are weak, lily-livered pantywaists who are under the power of big business, and care nothing for the safety of this country. The United States should have, and could have, been secured directly after 9-11, but it was not. It is impossible to vote these people out of office, as one candidate is as bad as the other. Yes, Heaven help us! Pat Ramirez Sherman Oaks Rolling in their graves Re: “Bush unveils plan to improve security of 4 Western states” (May 16): Well, there goes the neighborhood. First, President Bush sends our troops across the waters to get shot at. Next, he stations them along our borders for defense against, what? People who wanted a better life, and taking the jobs that we won’t do, or don’t like doing in the first place? Isn’t that overkill? We ought to remember our country was created by immigrants who wanted that better life. Guess what? Our ancestors are rolling in their graves over our decisions, and our fears, due to immigration issues. We should be welcoming strangers with a chance for a fresh start instead of quoting NIMBY all the time. And we call ourselves Americans? John C. Weaver Reseda Tale of Sleepy Hollow Re: “Bush unveils plan to improve security of 4 Western states” (May 16): My question to President Bush is, “Where the heck have you been for the last six years?” We had our worst attack ever on 9-11 and Bush is just now realizing that the “United States has not had control of its borders for decades.” Maybe he should change his name to George Van Winkle. Troy Cline Valencia Win-win all around Re: “Bush unveils plan to improve security of 4 Western states” (May 16): If President Bush gets his way by using Clintonspeak in his desire to grant amnesty to tens of millions of illegal aliens, and the Senate gets its way by opening our borders to allow an additional 100 million immigrants to come to this country legally, I imagine the argument for ignoring the high school exit exams in the future will be “These kids take the jobs that illegal-immigrant guest workers won’t take.” Sounds like excellent plans all around. David R. Dorazio Redwood City LAPD consent decree Re: “LAPD consent decree renewed” (May 16): Am I the only one who sees a major conflict of interest here? The same person (Michael Cherkasky) who is the consent-decree monitor is also employed by the same company that oversees the consent decree (Kroll and Associates). I don’t understand how a federal judge could not see that Kroll and Associates will never show the LAPD in compliance, since it would cost the company $2 million a year. There is a problem here … how about a nonprofit organization overseeing the consent decree? This all stinks of corruption! Andrew Garcia Simi Valley Closer to home Re: “City officials back audit of LAUSD” (May 11): In the May 12 Daily News there was a photo of Laura Chick signing papers calling for an audit of the LAUSD. I’m in favor of auditing any large bureaucracy that operates with public moneys. On the same page is the article that the council will pass a trash-fee hike with funds purportedly going to pay for more police. This begs the question: With the numerous sales of half-a-million, a million, and, in some cases, multimillion-dollar homes generating all those property taxes, where has all that money gone? Another question: Who audits the Los Angeles City Council and county Board of Supervisors? Yolanda Fintor Northridge The good jobs, too Re: “L.A. hiring review sought” (May 18): Five workers arrested in a raid on the DWP. Wow, I thought the illegal immigrants were only doing the jobs that American citizens won’t do. I guess legal citizens haven’t been applying for the good jobs at DWP. Wake up, America. Cynthia Townsley Oak Park Deport them Re: ” Mexico threatens to file lawsuits if Guard troops detain migrants” (May 12): The audacity of these twits. They sit there and run a government so corrupt, so fraudulent, so punishing of their own people that millions of people are unable to make a decent living. So many live in abject poverty, ignored by their own government, that they are forced to leave. Then they become criminals by illegally crossing our borders, illegally working here, supposedly doing work that Americans won’t do (of course, they won’t not for crap wages). We’ve put up with this long enough. We need to secure that border now. If you believe we can’t take 8 to 12 million people and force them to go to another country, as Jay Leno said, “Why not? Mexico did.” Jerry Schwartz Granada Hills Just a Valley girl Re: ” She’s a McFinalist” (May 18): Excuse me! Katharine McPhee is just another girl singer from the Valley. Taylor Hicks, on the other hand, has a unique personality, he can sing and he can play a mean harmonica. Venida Korda Van Nuys Possums redeemed As a volunteer with a wildlife rescue/rehab group and as a Backyard Wildlife Habitat Steward, I was shocked by the well-intentioned efforts of Mary Nassany and her neighbors (“Cats redeemed,” Your Opinions, May 12). She is proud of her part in caring for feral cats who eliminated the rats, mice and possums in her neighborhood. First, she lumps possums with rats and mice as pests. Possums are not rodents, they are North America’s only marsupial; carry little disease; and are cleaner than cats. Their diet includes rats and mice. What she doesn’t appreciate is that cats are the number one killers of songbirds. A better solution is to place barn owl boxes throughout the infested neighborhood. A family of barn owls will eat over 1,000 rodents in a year. And if you treasure our songbirds, keep cats indoors. Alan Pollack Woodland Hills Round em up Re: “A free ride” (Your Opinions, May 16): I have to agree with Ira Kaplan, who says we should do whatever needs to be done to protect our borders. How about if we round up everyone whose skin is brown, or appears to be Hispanic, or has a Spanish last name (you pick one) and have the sheriff from Arizona build a tent city up north, say close to that other place where we have had experience with I think it is called Manzanar and put all these enemies there, no questions asked about legal status since if your skin is brown, you’re out. What a great country this would be just white after we round up all the other minorities. Gus Torres Lancaster A good deal Re: “Border control” (Editorial, May 17): Congress should pass a comprehensive annual immigration swap package: Up to 300,000 moRe: “decent, hard-working newcomers” for 600,000 less extended-family “loungers and leechers.” That way we’d also benefit from a slightly lower overpopulation growth rate. A good deal all the way around. Harvey Pearson Los Feliz For a few dollars The selling out and passing of America as we knew and loved it. So goes Rome, so goes America. Goodbye, beloved country. Neil Squitieri Encino
A man who allegedly crashed a jeep into a pub and then a dole office could not appear in court yesterday because he is in hospital.The jeep which crashed into the dole office in Buncrana.Joseph McGonigle, 40, was due to appear before Buncrana District Court today. He is charged with drink driving and also two counts of dangerous driving on December 27th last at Ballymacarry Road, Buncrana.The case relates to an incident in which thousands of euro in damage was caused to the Department of Social Protection at McCarter Road in Buncrana after it was struck by a four wheel drive vehicle.Nobody was hurt during the incidents.Garda Inspector David Murphy told the court they were waiting on directions from the Director of Public Prosecutions and said further charges may come before the court.Solicitor Frank Dorrian said McGonigle may be in hospital for “some considerable time.”Judge Paul Kelly adjourned the case against McGonigle of Aught Road, Muff, until April.DOLE CRASH SUSPECT STILL IN HOSPITAL COURT HEARS was last modified: January 9th, 2014 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:buncranacrashdole officeJames McGoniglejeepmuff
“I’m going to go out there and cover the guy I’m on and keep … Get 49ers news in your inbox. Sign up now for the free 49ers HQ newsletter.SANTA CLARA — Richard Sherman spoke up Thursday as the 49ers’ newly elected player rep and matter-of-factly predicted a 2021 NFL labor lockout.That buzzkill can wait.The 49ers open their season Sunday in Minnesota, and it can’t be understated what it means to also hear Sherman talk about his impending comeback from last year’s Achilles tear.
The South African mining industry has reported a significant drop in the number of fatalities and injuries on mines, although official numbers from the Department of Mineral Resources are only expected at the end of the month or early next month.Zero harm is the target, with the industry’s mantra: “Every worker returning from work unharmed every day.” The unofficial number of fatalities in 2014 had been placed at a record low of 84, the industry reported last week. It was expected that the official safety achievements would be about 9% better than the 93 fatalities reported in 2013, despite the industry adding more than 100 000 workers in the past decade to well over 500 000 now.Chamber of Mines’ safety and sustainable development acting head Dr Sizwe Phakathi told Mining Weekly Online that significant progress over the past few years.He said that 2014 was the seventh consecutive year of a drop in the number fatalities. In 2013, the industry made history when it reported less than 100 mining deaths for the first time. As at November 2014, 80 fatalities were officially reported.In the past decade, fatalities have been cut, safety has been improved, exposure to dust and noise reduced, tuberculosis (TB) infection rates reduced, more effective TB/HIV infection control and treatment programmes have been implemented, and best practice to improve health and safety outcomes has been adopted, according to the Chamber of Mines.Fatalities on mines had been cut from 615 in 1993 to 270 in 2003, and to 93 in 2013, said David Msiza, the chairman of the Mine Health and Safety Council (MHSC) and the chief inspector of mines. “It was noted that 2014 achievements are an improvement from 2013 by 8%, but [are] 85% better than 1993.”“The sector also saw a reduction of cases of noise induced hearing loss from more than 6 000 in 2003 to around 1 200 in 2013. TB rates in the gold sector have also halved.”At the Mine Health and Safety Summit in November 2014, the council said it would launch a centre of excellence in April. It will lead industry efforts to promote innovation through research and training of mine workers. The centre will go beyond health and safety to align with the National Development Plan. “We need to reclaim our space as a country that leads in mining innovation and excellence,” Mike Teke, president of the Chamber of Mines, said at the time.The centre is expected to undertake research; build capacity; facilitate research outcomes in areas such as rock engineering, human factors and occupational health and hygiene; and provide health and safety related training at all levels.Relationships with major international research centres and programmes will be built.The numbersCoal mines recorded a 93% safety improvement between 1993 and 2013, from 90 to seven fatalities, while the gold sector registered a 91% improvement from 436 fatalities in 1993 to 37 in 2013. The platinum sector had 29 fatalities in 1993 and 28 in 2013; this was down from a peak of 64 fatalities in 2004.Overall, fatality rates improved 72% to 0.09 in 2013 from 0.32 in 2003. Australia, Canada and the US recorded a combined improvement rate of 29% to a rate of 0.05 in 2013 from 0.07 in 2003, Mining Weekly Online reported.Injuries in South Africa fell from 8 515 in 1993 to 3 126 in 2013. In gold, injuries fell from 7 368 in 1993 to 1 252 in 2013; in coal, the drop was from 279 to 263 over the 20 years. In platinum, injuries went from 1 344 to 395.In the 11 months to November 2014, injuries decreased 25% from 2 799 in the comparative period the year before to 2 095.Harmony Gold had its first fatality-free quarter in the final quarter of 2014, while Lonmin had a calendar year without any deaths.SAinfo reporter
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The Personal Finance group will present a web conference on the largest financial transaction most individuals or families make: purchasing a home. On May 8 at 2:30 p.m. ET, N.C. Extension Agent and certified housing counselor, Jayne McBurney, M.S. and Dr. Carolyn Bird, Principal Investigator of the Military Families Learning Network’s Personal Finance Professional Development Project, will present this important topic.There are a myriad of factors to consider before the purchase of a home. This decision can be more complex for military families who have the consideration of relocation. This conference will cover:The home buying processFinancial readinessHow to determine housing affordability and service-related considerationsSelected research articles and online resources have been identified to enhance this presentation for participants.To join the session, log on as “guest” just a few minutes before 2:30 p.m. on May 8. No registration is required.Click here to learn more about the Military Families Learning Network.For more information about this upcoming web conference, visit the event page.
Here’s some highly anticipated news for the Pocket 4K and Pocket 6K — you can now use BRAW in Premiere Pro and Avid.In the 1.5 update to Blackmagic RAW, Windows and Linux editors can now download the Blackmagic RAW Speed Test to find out just how under-optimized your computer is — and how 24 fps 8K playback is still a little ways off for consumers. Also included are under-the-hood improvements to the Blackmagic RAW Player.However, the most significant inclusion to the update is that you can now use Blackmagic RAW in Premiere Pro and Avid, with plug-ins installed with 1.5. Being able to use the format in Premiere has been one of the most requested features since the release of Blackmagic RAW.There’s no denying that Blackmagic has spent the last few years trying to get a wider audience to see Resolve not only as a professional color grading software but also as an editing platform for users of any skill level. Likewise, in addition to unleashing an army of certified trainers, Blackmagic also released a training series on their social channels to equip new users with the knowledge they need to navigate Resolve.With such a strong push toward acquiring a larger user base, many had wondered if BRAW was going to remain native to Resolve. It would’ve been a surefire way to keep users on the platform, but Blackmagic has been very open about their new format (like offering a fully documented software development kit), so it didn’t seem like a direction they would take. It’s just that we didn’t hear any official word on cross-NLE compatibility.After the initial release, it was only a week before transcoding tutorials came out, so users could take their BRAW footage from Resolve and edit in Premiere. And, a few months after the release of BRAW, Autokroma released a $29 Premiere Pro plug-in that allows users to directly import BRAW, with the internal RAW properties fully adjustable, within the effects panel.However, all that has been nipped in the bud, making BRAW studio obsolete — as with 1.5, you directly import BRAW into Premiere. The plug-in is automatically installed to Premiere’s directory, so upon running the 1.5 execution file, there’s nothing else you need to do.BRAW in PremiereIn one of our Resolve vs. Premiere showdowns, we talked about how Resolve favors GPU but also leans on CPU processing, while Premiere Pro is primarily CPU dominant with slight GPU support. The BRAW plug-in for Premiere only uses CPU. Therefore, you’re not going to see the same speed and capacity with the format in Resolve. However, as noted in Newsshooter‘s interview with Blackmagic, they do intend on incorporating Premiere’s GPU acceleration in the future.You can manipulate the BRAW info in Premiere’s effects panel, just as you would if you had added an effect to a video clip. However, unlike Premiere’s video effects — when added, they appear stacked in the effects panel — you have to select a separate tab in the effects window, which (at first) is quite missable.When you click the BRAW tab, you’ll get a variety of RAW settings to manipulate.While the plug-in doesn’t feature all the elements you can find when using a BRAW file in Resolve, the key features are here. As stated in the press release, when you move your projects from Premiere Pro, or Avid, into Resolve for grading and finishing, all of the camera RAW metadata is still there.Full Press ReleaseToday, we released Blackmagic RAW 1.5. This new version introduces a cross-platform version of Blackmagic RAW Speed Test, which is now available for Mac, Windows, and Linux. Blackmagic RAW Speed Test is a CPU and GPU benchmarking tool for testing the speed of decoding full resolution Blackmagic RAW frames on your system. Multiple CPU cores and GPUs are automatically detected and used during the test so that you get accurate and realistic results. Simply select Blackmagic RAW constant bitrate 3:1, 5:1, 8:1, or 12:1, and the desired resolution to perform the test. Results are displayed in an easy-to-read table that shows how many frames per second the computer can decode for all supported resolutions.In addition, Blackmagic RAW 1.5 also includes plug-ins that add support for editing native Blackmagic RAW files in Adobe Premiere and Avid Media Composer. These new plug-ins enable editors to work with Blackmagic RAW, directly, so they no longer have to transcode files. That means camera original Blackmagic RAW files can be used throughout the entire workflow. There is no longer a need to create proxy files and conform edits for finishing. These plug-ins bring the quality of RAW in small, modern, GPU, and CPU accelerated files that are faster and easier to work with than any other video format. Best of all, when projects are moved from Premiere Pro or Media Composer into DaVinci Resolve for color correction and finishing, all of the camera RAW metadata and image quality is still there.Blackmagic RAW SDK 1.5 is available now as a free download from www.blackmagicdesign.com/support.Looking for more from Blackmagic? 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The State unit of the Youth Congress on Thursday launched its ‘Wake-Up Maharashtra: Today for Tomorrow’ campaign in Mumbai. “The Maharashtra Youth Congress has decided to come out with a manifesto especially aimed at the youth by engaging with them and listening to their concerns and inputs through this campaign. We will be engaging with four to five crore youngsters in the 18 to 25 years age group from across all tehsils and districts,” said Satyajeet Tambe-Patil, president of the Maharashtra Youth Congress.He said the youth would be involved in discussions, meetings, seminars, live dialogues, and other programs, in both online and offline formats so that their views could be heard and included in the Congress manifesto to be released ahead of the Assembly elections.The Youth Congress campaign is likely to add to the charged political scene in the State with almost all leading parties — Shiv Sena, Bharatiya Janata Party and Nationalist Congress Party — launching their peoples contact programmes. “India is a country of youth and the government had promised to provide 2 crore jobs every year. This did not happen even as the unemployment rate has reached a peak. We need to tell the youngsters that it is only the Congress which can deliver on jobs and attain economic growth,” said Mr. Tambe-Patil.
While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. It has been discussed at length by now, but late in the second half of Oklahoma State’s 38-20 loss against Oklahoma, Barry J. Sanders took a big kick return to the 50-yard line, giving OSU some momentum and an opportunity for points before the half.But instead of trying to get something, they ran the ball and let the clock run out. Now to the average Cowboy fan, this is no surprise; Gundy decides to kneel the ball just about every time if there’s less than two minutes on the clock. But in this particular situation, it was oddly uber-conservative, even for him.Again, OSU fans have seen this all year. And with how Rudolph played, it’s understandable that they didn’t take more shots throughout the game. But in this scenario, there were a number of different ways that they could have approached this more efficiently without much of an increased risk.First of all — If you have the ball on the 50-yard line, you should at least try and get something. Yes, Rudolph is bad away from home, but at least give him a one-read play, and if it’s not there have him throw it away.Secondly — if you want to run the ball, fine. But don’t run the ball out of the full house; you’re practically telling the defense that you’re running the ball. If you’re going to be that conservative, at least spread out the field to give the illusion that you’re going to pass, and that way a run or screen could catch the defense by surprise.Finally — If you don’t want to pass the ball and instead go with the run, that’s ok. But at least call a timeout with a couple of seconds left and take a shot. Why not? What’s the worst that could happen? He gets sacked? He throws an incompletion or interception in the end zone? Who cares? Everyone knows that Gundy is conservative, especially in Bedlam, but there’s literally no downside to taking a shot.And this is just one example of many. How about late in the fourth quarter with an opportunity to make it a one possession game? Instead of trying to get the touchdown, the Cowboys decide to run it three times in a row, including on a third and 10, and try for the field goal. And Grogan missed it.This game was filled with decisions like these. Running it out of the full house on second down and ten and trying a pass against a max zone coverage on third for an incompletion. Going in four or five deep coverage and letting Mayfield pick your zone apart. Giving cushion to receivers on third and one. It goes on and on. Unfortunately, this is nothing new for OSU. It’s just unfortunate that it all came together at once.
While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Oklahoma State’s razor-thin depth at cornerback was bolstered this week with the addition of Clemson graduate transfer Adrian Baker, who announced he’s Stillwater-bound following the conclusion of the spring semester.The former Tiger made three starts for the national runner-up in 2015 and, had he not tore his ACL prior to the 2016 season, might’ve been one of the starters for the team that rolled past the Crimson Tide in the national title game in January.The former four-star recruit from Hollywood, Florida, isn’t the type of athlete OSU lands. For one, OSU barely sniffs the Florida region. And landing a four-star recruit from the clutches of Gator country isn’t something Gundy and his mullet aren’t typically known for doing, much less attempting.Nevertheless, winning is important to recruits. And the importance is only increased for a player with one year left in college hoping to make a final impression on NFL scouts. That’s part of why Baker chose to commit to OSU.“I think they have an opportunity to compete for a national championship,” Baker told ESPN’s Jake Trotter. “I’m hoping I can come in there and help.”Some people might not see Oklahoma State as a national brand, but Baker fully realizes what they’ve transformed into. He feels like he was in a similar situation a few years ago. In a phone interview with sideline reporter Robert Allen on Triple Play Radio this week, Baker drew parallels between his current and future schools and their respective rises to national prominence.“I approach this situation the same way,” Baker said via The Oklahoman. “I look at Oklahoma State as like that team.”Perhaps the best experience he brings as a player is his experience playing (and beating) the reigning Big 12 champion Sooners. Clemson bullied on Oklahoma in its two games during Baker’s time with the Tigers, and it’s an area of expertise he feels he can bring to help at OSU.“In 2015, I had a big part on the defense, I played in the national championship,” Baker said. “I feel like I know what it takes. … If Oklahoma State can get over that hump and beat Oklahoma, I think that the sky is the limit. I think that the coaching staff and the guys that are there have done a good job of positioning the program to do that.“I’ve been in big games. I’ve helped the team win big games, beat Oklahoma twice. I’m not saying I’m the missing piece or anything of that nature, but I feel I can bring (something) to the table.”If he’s the missing piece that helps Oklahoma State get over the Sooners hump and into the top spot of the Big 12 standings, then this pick up will be even bigger than what some think. Baker will no doubt be a valuable piece if nothing but for depth alone. So if he can show out against the Big 12’s best, much like he did at Clemson, then OSU might have a chance to do what it hasn’t done since the 2011 season: Win the Big 12.And maybe more.