“What we’ve seen is if people just do that, those 8 readings over those 4 months partnered with the educational materials we provide you can potentially see up to a 10 point drop in your blood pressure. So its a powerful evidence based program we’ve been able to employ in the Southern Tier,” said Fry. (WBNG) — The American Heart Association is launching a new program in February 2020. The program is called the “Check It Challenge” and is designed to get residents in the area to “check, change and control” their high blood pressure by checking it themselves. “Even from your phone you can just text in your BP numbers and it will add to the tracker, and in the end it gives you the participant a chance to just track your Blood pressure numbers over time. Too many people only check their numbers once a year at a doctors appointment and that’s not enough,” said Franklin Fry the Executive Director of the American Heart Association. Hypertension or high blood pressure is known as the silent killer, it typically has no symptoms but can lead to deadly consequences such as a heart attack, stroke or kidney failure. The first step in the program to address high blood pressure is to get to know your numbers, checking your BP twice a month for four months. The challenge will utilize an online website based tracker that is HIPPA compliant and fully secure, only participants will be able to view their own data. The American Heart Association says about half of residents in the area have high blood pressure. 50 companies have already registered their employees for the challenge, another training session will be held at UHS General in Binghamton on Jan. 28 at noon and 5 p.m. Registration for the program is free, click here to sign up.
RelatedPosts Runarsson joins Arsenal on four-year deal Super Eagles stars model new national team jersey Arsenal, Wolves want Michael Olise Arsenal have reportedly identified Leicester City midfielder Wilfred Ndidi as a potential addition during the January transfer window. The 23-year-old has emerged as a key man since the arrival of Brendan Rodgers, helping the Foxes into second position in the Premier League table. With the Nigeria international having a contract until 2024, Leicester are under no pressure to part ways with the defensive-minded player next month. However, Leicestershire Live claimed that Arsenal plan to make an ambitious effort to sign Ndidi as part of their rebuilding job at the Emirates Stadium. The report said that the Gunners are willing to part with £40 million and Granit Xhaka in order to secure his signature. Nevertheless, it would come as a surprise if Leicester entertained such a bid, especially with the East Midlands outfit in no need to raise transfer funds of their own due to the sale of Harry Maguire in the summer.— Tags: ArsenalBrendan RodgersGranit XhakaLeicester CityWilfred Ndidi
Jadon Sancho is valued at £108m by Borussia DortmundKampala, Uganda | XINHUA | Borussia Dortmund are flexing their muscles in their efforts to keep England forward Jadon Sancho at the club.In the club’s pre-season training-camp in Bad Ragaz, Switzerland, the 2012 German Champions sporting director Michael Zorc announced the surprising news.“We plan on having Jadon Sancho in our team this season,” Zorc commented. He called the decision “final”, adding, “I think that answers all the questions.”The 20-year-old forward will stay with coach Lucien Favre’s squad for the 2020/2021 season. Almost casually, Zorc mentioned that the Black and Yellows secretly extended the striker’s contract until 2023.“Last summer, we adjusted Jadon’s salary to match the development of his performances. So, in context, we had already extended his contract until 2023 back then,” Zorc said.Capped 11 times for England, Sancho had been the main target for Premier League side Manchester United. The German side said any possible deal had to be fixed before the team travels to Switzerland.Reports suggested that Dortmund wanted 120 million Euros for Sancho. Affected by the COVID-19 crisis, United unsuccessfully tried to lower the price.Rumors broke of Dortmund having to sell Sancho for financial reasons. Sancho joined the side in 2017 for 7.8 million coming from Manchester City’s under 23s.The news about Sancho and his prolonged contract underlines why Dortmund has been sticking to their guns in respect to the 120-million euro fee, which United either couldn’t afford or regarded as unrealistic.The perhaps artificial deadline might leave space for further speculation, but Dortmund’s stance appears final.The announcement not only addresses the club’s demand to have undisturbed preparations for the 2020/2021 season but underlines Dortmund’s future ambitions. The decision increases the pressure on coach Favre to challenge national rival Bayern Munich and do better in continental competitions such as the Champions League.Further, the decision might be an appropriate answer to former Bayern president Uli Hoeness and former German international Lothar Matthaeus.Both have accused Dortmund of a misleading transfer policy.Over the space of many years, Borussia has signed young promising players like Ousmane Dembele, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Erling Haaland, Achraf Hakimi, and Sancho.Behind the deals always stood the intention to sell the top-talents to bigger clubs later and make a significant profit.2018 World Cup winner Dembele joined Barcelona for 105 million, while Aubameyang went to Arsenal for 64 million.Hoeness and Matthaeus said Dortmund wouldn’t win any titles as players are seen as speculation objects from the start. They therefore lack identification and only concentrate on their interests.****XINHUAShare on: WhatsApp
A quartet of local hockey players is off to Vernon next month to represent the Kootenays at the 2012 B.C. Winter Games. The four girls are from the West Kootenay Wildcats female hockey team and were selected during a U16 evaluation camp last weekend in Invermere. Staff at Mallard’s Source for Sports would like to add to the celebration with Team of the Week honours. The four players, from left, goalie Catalina Hartland from Kaslo and Nelson’s Merissa Dawson (defence), Emma Hare (forward) and Jesse Cooper (forward). — Submitted photo
SAN JOSE — We’re a quarter of the way through the Sharks’ season. Perfect time to dig into the mailbag with the Sharks preparing to face the Vegas Golden Knights at T-Mobile Arena on Thursday.What is the Sharks’ biggest trade need right now? (@ChekhovichCalde)I see the Sharks’ two biggest needs as being at right wing and backup goalie — two issues the Sharks did not address in the offseason. Adding an experienced winger that can move up or down the lineup, or even play a bit at center, and …
11 June 2014 Fans of marathon mountain bike racing worldwide will be now able to follow the UCI MTB Marathon World Championships live, thanks to a new live streaming television collaboration. The event takes place at the Cascades MTB Park in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa on 29 June. While recent major events in Pietermaritzburg, such as the 2014 UCI MTB World Cup and the 2013 UCI MTB and Trials World Championships, brought with them major global live streaming TV infrastructure, the 2014 Marathon World title decider did not, which left the door open for local event organisers and the national federation to step in.Tested Cycling South Africa’s General Manager Mike Bradley said that their new collaboration with local live streaming company StreamIt360 had been tested during the South African National MTB Marathon Championships at the Cascades venue on Sunday, 8 June, with the event serving as a dress rehearsal for the World Championships. Without any advanced marketing, over 2 200 people watched the national marathon champs live streaming telecast, many of them from Europe.‘An on-going demand’ “This proves that there is an on-going demand to watch our cycling events live,” Bradley said in a statement on Monday. “This new partnership to bring live streaming to all of our major events will give the events more visibility and more spectators, and thereby add more media value to each event and to the sport as a whole.”A major challenge Bradley admitted that taking on an event that is 74km long for women and 95km in distance for the men is a major challenge. “A Marathon World Champs is pretty much the ultimate test, given the distances and logistical challenges, but I am confident that we will deliver top class production to the global audience at the end of the month,” he said. “As far as we know, no-one has ever provided full live coverage of a marathon world championships before.” Bradley said with word of the live coverage already emerging on social media, interest was being expressed by TV channels worldwide to carry the live coverage.12 cameras and a helicopter The live streaming telecast will be anchored by a panel of presenters, with the use of 12 cameras and a helicopter to provide coverage of the races. The technical demands of covering the event live included dealing with weak cellphone signals and communications facilities in the remote parts of the route. Numerous camera sites will be serviced by fibre-optic cables and satellite uplinks, with the helicopter providing coverage in the most remote areas. The production will include profiles and interviews with the key marathon personalities, and will be screened on televisions at the start/finish venue, in addition to the worldwide live internet streaming platform. SAinfo reporter
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Chris ClaytonDTN Ag Policy EditorOMAHA (DTN) — With a little more than two weeks left before Congress adjourns for the holidays, supporters of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement know time is slipping away fast, and the trade deal could land right in the middle of presidential politics.Talks continue in Washington over what it will take for House Democratic leaders to sign off on a deal, but appeasing Democrats is now causing pushback from Mexico.As Politico reported Tuesday, Mexican officials are now resisting U.S. proposals for supervisors who would ensure Mexico upholds its labor reforms under the trade deal. The Mexican Business Coordinating Council, a major business lobby, is criticizing new labor demands as “extreme in nature and completely unacceptable.” The Business Coordinating Council includes banking, agricultural and other business groups.SUPPORTERS OF AGREEMENTSupporters in agriculture, such as the group Farmers for Free Trade, keep putting rural Democrats front and center to call for passage of the trade agreement. On Tuesday, former U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and former Sen. Blanche Lincoln of Arkansas, each reiterated the need to move quickly on USMCA rather than allowing the trade deal to carry into 2020.“There should be nothing stopping this and working across the aisle to get this done quickly,” Lincoln said.Lincoln pointed out U.S. agricultural exports account for about $20.5 billion in sales to Canada and $18.5 billion to Mexico. USMCA can be a big victory for ag that farmers and ranchers deserve and need, Lincoln said.“USMCA is a top priority for American agriculture,” Lincoln said. “This kind of certainty puts us in the driver’s seat to go back and do what they do best. Farmers are watching this debate very closely.”According to an International Trade Commission report last spring, USMCA would add about $68 billion in overall U.S. exports when implemented, including about $2.2 billion in additional agricultural exports.RISKS OF DRAGGING ONLincoln talked about the risks of USMCA talks dragging on. “That would just be devastating, as it would just languish or linger on into this unknown about what was going to happen,” she said.That is essentially what happened with the Trans Pacific Partnership, as resistance built up among presidential candidates as 2016 moved forward. One of President Donald Trump’s first actions when he took office in 2017 was to pull the U.S. out of TPP.On a weekly press call with agriculture reporters, Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, said “things are very unpredictable” in a presidential year. “But I think you have got to realize what Americans don’t want — Congress playing political games with real-world issues — and I hope that would encourage the Democratic House to move this as quickly as we can.”Grassley indicated if the House were to get its work done before the end of the year, he was confident the Senate could take up USMCA shortly after Congress returns on Jan. 6 next year.“If it moved through the House and didn’t get through the Senate, next year it’s going to be a lot easier for us to get it up in the Senate than what (House Speaker Nancy) Pelosi is going through in the House,” Grassley said.Grassley said that, on the Senate floor, an agreement needed to be reached this week or there wasn’t much chance of the trade deal being done this year. “So I stick with that.”Reflecting some of the complexity and uncertainty currently facing trade, in his weekly call with reporters, Grassley took questions about USCMA, the state of trade talks with China, steel and aluminum tariffs against Argentina and Brazil, and tariffs against French goods over France’s digital services tax.TALKS CONTINUEGrassley said he was optimistic on USMCA largely because talks continue between U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and House Democrats. Further, negotiators from Canada and Mexico continue to be engaged as well.“I want it because Iowans are asking for it,” Grassley said of the USMCA. “They need the certainty it would bring, particularly to agriculture,” Grassley said.“It would also be confidence-building for what we are doing in China,” and also in England and other trade talks, Grassley added.Vilsack, on a later call, defended Pelosi’s efforts to satisfy labor demands for more enforcement oversight in Mexico.“In fairness to the speaker, an agreement is only as good as the enforceability, and it appears they are making efforts and making improvements to the enforceability of the agreement,” Vilsack said.FUTURE OPPORTUNITIESLooking at opportunities going forward, Michelle Jones, a fourth-generation wheat and barley farmer in Montana, joined the call with Lincoln and Vilsack. Jones said the North American Free Trade Agreement has been a major success story for U.S. crops such as barley. Jones highlighted that almost 80% of U.S. barley is malted, then shipped to Mexico to make beer, which is then frequently exported back to the U.S.“It just highlights how important those integrated supply chains are,” Jones said. She added, “Not having a set trade agreement, a long-term trade agreement like NAFTA, or improving it with USMCA, puts a lot of our markets at risk.”Vilsack stressed the trade deal is an improvement over NAFTA, partially because of provisions to periodically review it and change terms of the deal. There are also specific provisions that trigger open access for dairy products to Canada that are restricted now under Canada’s supply management program. Canada’s class 7 dairy pricing system also has distorted markets, Vilsack said, “And it needs to be changed and eliminated.”Citing USDA figures released last week, Vilsack also pointed out 31% of farm income came from federal payments this year. Farmers want markets, not federal payment, he said, but they also have faced significant market challenges in recent years.“Farmers are now trying to deal with a challenging economy,” Vilsack said. He said dairy prices have increased because of a number of factors, including exports. “But there has still been a lot of pain out there in the countryside, a lot of bankruptcy, a lot of folks making decisions to leave a farming operation that has been in the family for generations. They are looking for a ray of hope. They are looking for a light at the end of the tunnel, and they have placed a lot of faith and a lot of interest and a lot of passion and a lot of hope into passage of USMCA as a signal they are going to have opportunities in these important markets.”Chris Clayton can be reached at [email protected] him on Twitter @ChrisClaytonDTN(AG/ES)© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. All rights reserved.
As editors, we are always looking for the best way to tell a story. In most cases, the best possible version is only found after many passes of editing. Luckily, there are many things you can do to increase your editing speed significantly and get to the finish line faster.Editing, like any other part of the creative process can be both highly enjoyable and immensely frustrating. When things are going well, it’s an extremely rewarding experience that allows us to finally see our projects come to life. On the other hand, it’s possible to get into slumps when editing (especially early on in the process) that can prevent us from finishing on time, and even worse – ending up with a subpar cut of the film.I’ve always been a big believer that with any creative process (editing included) the best way to get to the finish line is by having a mold to work from. I’ve never edited a project and simply locked off the first cut that I did, and I really don’t think that anyone should.You always want to challenge yourself to get better results and to tell your story in the most efficient and effective way possible. Many times, this means that you will need to go through many different iterations of your edit – which is completely fine. In fact, it’s encouraged.You might have a general idea of what your film is going to look like, but truthfully you will never really know until you can watch a finished version. For this reason, I suggest getting a first rough cut of your project completed as quickly as possible. After all, if the edit is going to change so drastically throughout the process anyways, you are better off getting the first pass done sooner than later (even if it’s flawed), so you at least have something to work from.Not to mention, you don’t want to spend too much time finessing edits and smoothing over cuts on a first pass of anything, since you are likely to lose just about all of that hard work. Here are my tips for getting through your edit faster, so you can start to focus on the revisions more effectively.Organize like crazy.Organization may not exactly be the sexiest part of the editing process, but if you do your legwork up front and actually set up your project file properly, you will be able to work way faster once you’re actually in the thick of things.Organization includes everything from creating proxy files (so that you can edit quickly, even from a laptop), to logging and labeling all of your footage properly. The last thing that you want to do is get halfway through an edit while on a roll, and then have to stop for 20 minutes to go and look for a clip. Organize your footage like crazy and you’ll thank yourself later.Don’t worry about audio edits.Your audio is going to sound pretty bad during the rough cut of your film. Obviously if your sound recordist did their job properly, the actual audio itself will be high quality. But in the context of your edit, it may not sound great at all. Certain takes will be louder than others, there will be gaps where no room tone is placed, sound effects will be missing, and loads of other issues will arise.It will be tempting to just go ahead and start finessing your audio so that it sounds far more clean (especially if you have to show your producers a cut), but I would advise against wasting time doing this. No matter what, it’s going to get re-done, and let’s face it – you’re probably not that proficient with post-audio. So leave it to the pros, and do what you do best – edit! Even if it means having to listen through some crappy audio during the rough cut/assembly stages.Avoid going through every take.Depending on how you (or your director) shot the project, you may have a ridiculous amount of coverage to go through. If this is the case, I would advise against going through all of it initially, as you simply don’t need to. Some editors like to go through every take first and do ‘selects’ where they will place their favorite clips in a timeline, but in many cases that’s a waste of time, considering you aren’t going to use 90% of that material.Instead, go through the edit intuitively and ask yourself ‘what comes next?’ every step of the way. By doing this, the edit will feel far more organic as you are making choices based on your intuition, and it will move much more quickly as well.Learn your keyboard shortcuts.If you haven’t already started editing with keyboard shortcuts, then drop what you’re doing and learn how to edit that way now. On a really small project (like a 30 second commercial) this may not be as much of a factor, but when dealing with a substantial short or feature film you can save a lot of time by not juggling the mouse and keyboard so much.You wouldn’t believe how much time you actually spend physically moving between mouse and keyboard when editing, not to mention the fact that keyboard shortcuts are in themselves much faster than ‘drag and drop’ mouse editing.Use placeholders.Sometimes you’re on a roll editing a scene or sequence, but then you hit a wall. Something’s just not working creatively. Maybe you can’t find the right temp track to use, or there isn’t a good enough transitional shot to bring you into the next act. Whatever the issue may be, if you start to get stuck on something trivial – just move on.You don’t want to waste an hour of your precious time trying to finesse an edit or work on a scene that just isn’t gelling. Instead, don’t be afraid to just drop in a placeholder (which could simply be a title card, explaining the scene that will go there), and move on. After getting through a few more scenes and maintaining your momentum, it will be a lot easier to go back to that placeholder and figure out what you want to do there, since you’ll be looking at it with fresh eyes.What methods do you use to increase your editing speed? Share your best tips in the comments.
SOCHI, Russia — Flushed with pride after a spectacular showing at the costliest Olympics ever, Russia celebrated 17 days of sport-driven global unity on Feb. 23 with a farewell show that hands off the Winter Games to their next host, Pyeongchang in South Korea. Said the head of the International Olympic Committee: “Russia delivered all what it had promised.”Raucous spectators chanted “Ro-ssi-ya! Ro-ssi-ya!” — “Russia! Russia!” — before being surrounded by multicolored fireworks and carried through a visually stunning, sometimes surrealistic panorama of Russian history and culture. The crowd was in a party mood after the high-security games passed off safely without feared terror attacks.“This is the new face of Russia — our Russia,” said Dmitry Chernyshenko, head of the Sochi organizing committee. He called the games “a moment to cherish and pass on to the next generations.”In a charming touch, the Sochi organizers used the ceremony to make a joke at their own expense. Dancers in shimmering silver costumes formed themselves into four rings and a clump in the center of the stadium.That was a wink to a technical glitch in the Feb. 7 opening ceremony, when one of the five Olympic rings in a wintry opening scene failed to open. The rings were supposed to join together and erupt in fireworks.This time, it worked: As Russian President Vladimir Putin watched from the stands, the dancers in the clump waited a few seconds and then formed a ring of their own, making five, drawing laughs from the crowd.The closing ceremony, a farewell from Russia with love, pageantry and protocol, started at 20:14 local time — a nod to the year that Putin seized upon to remake Russia’s image with the Olympics’ power to wow and concentrate global attention and massive resources.“Now we can see our country is very friendly,” said Boris Kozikov of St. Petersburg, Russia. “This is very important for other countries around the world to see.”The nation’s $51 billion investment — topping even Beijing’s estimated $40 billion layout for the 2008 Summer Games — transformed a decaying resort town on the Black Sea into a household name. All-new facilities, unthinkable in the Soviet era of drab shoddiness, showcased how far Russia has come in the two decades since it turned its back on communism.But the Olympic show didn’t win over critics of Russia’s backsliding on democracy and human rights under Putin and its institutionalized intolerance of gays. And while security was a potential problem going in, it appeared to be a big success coming out: Feared attacks by Islamic militants who threatened to target the games didn’t materialize.Despite the bumps along the way, IOC President Thomas Bach used the closing ceremony to deliver an robustly upbeat verdict of the games, his first as IOC president. He was particularly enthusiastic about the host city itself.“What took decades in other parts of the world was achieved here in Sochi in just seven years,” Bach said in declaring the games closed.As dusk fell, Russians and international visitors streamed into the stadium for the ceremony featuring the extinguishing of the Olympic flame. Day and night, the flame became a favorite backdrop for “Sochi selfies,” a buzzword born at these games for the fad of athletes and spectators taking DIY souvenir photos of themselves.Russia celebrated itself and its rich gifts to the worlds of music and literature in the ceremony. Performers in smart tails and puffy white wigs performed a ballet of grand pianos, pushing 62 of them around the stadium floor while soloist Denis Matsuev played thunderous bars from Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Concerto No.2.There was, of course, also ballet, with dancers from the Bolshoi and the Mariinsky, among the world’s oldest ballet companies. The faces of Russian authors through the ages were projected onto enormous screens, and a pile of books transformed into a swirling tornado of loose pages.Athletes were saying goodbye to rivals-turned-friends from far off places, savoring their achievements or lamenting what might have been — and, for some, looking ahead to 2018.Winners of Russia’s record 13 gold medals marched into the stadium carrying the country’s white, blue and red flag, which was raised alongside the Olympic flag.Athletes streamed by their hundreds into the stadium, dancing and taking photos of themselves. Earlier, giant screens flashed highlights of their Olympic exploits. With a 3-0 victory over Sweden in the men’s hockey final, Canada claimed the last gold from the 98 medal events.Absent were six competitors caught by what was the most extensive anti-doping program in Winter Olympic history, with the IOC conducting a record 2,631 tests — nearly 200 more than originally planned.Putin smiled as he stood beside Bach, and he had reason to be pleased.Russia’s athletes topped the Sochi medals table, both in golds and total — 33. That represented a stunning turnaround from the 2010 Vancouver Games. There, a meagre 3 golds and 15 total for Russia seemed proof of its gradual decline as a winter sports power since Soviet Union collapsed in 1991. Russia’s bag of Sochi gold was the biggest-ever haul by a non-Soviet team.Russia’s golden run started with aging star Evgeni Plushenko leading Russia to victory in team figure skating. Putin was on hand for that, one of multiple times when he popped up at venues across the games.Russia’s last gold came Sunday in four-man bobsled. The games’ signature moment for home fans was Adelina Sotnikova, cool as ice at 17, becoming Russia’s first gold medalist in women’s Olympic figure skating.Not all of the headlines out of Sochi were about sport. Organizers faced criticism going in about Russia’s strict policies toward gays, though once the games were under way, most every athlete chose not to use the Olympic spotlight to campaign for the cause. And an activist musical group and movement, Pussy Riot, appeared in public and was horsewhipped by Cossack militiamen, drawing international scrutiny.And during the last days of competition, Sochi competed for attention with violence in Ukraine, Russia’s neighbor and considered a vital sphere of influence by the Kremlin.In an Associated Press interview, Bach singled out Ukraine’s victory in women’s biathlon relay as “really an emotional moment” of the games, praising Ukrainian athletes for staying to compete despite the scores dead in protests back home.“Mourning on the one hand, but knowing what really is going on in your country, seeing your capital burning, and feeling this responsibility, and then winning the gold medal,” he said, “this really stands out for me.(John Leicester, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shares
Liverpool boss Klopp praises emergency centre-half Fabinho for Brighton winby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp was delighted with stand-in centre-half Fabinho for victory at Brighton.Mohamed Salah struck his 14th league goal of the season from the penalty spot as the off-kilter Reds stretched their top-flight advantage over Manchester City back to seven points.Fabinho’s assured showing as an emergency centre-back waskey, especially with Joel Matip working back to fitness. Klopp said, “He’s a brilliant player and I was happy he could play today. It’s not that Brighton had one attack after the other – we had the ball most of the time so it makes sense to have a good footballer in that position. “Brighton tried a little bit to bring the long balls to Murray and around him, which they did, by the way, against Joe Gomez in the home game as well. But he did well in these situations and with the ball. He has a defending brain and can do that in different positions. It’s good.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say