first_img By Gary Truitt – Apr 22, 2018 New State FFA Leadership Team Facebook Twitter SHARE Home Indiana Agriculture News New State FFA Leadership Team SHARE Facebook Twitter Robert Hays and Samantha MillerLt. Governor Suzanne Crouch and the Indiana State Department of Agriculture (ISDA) announce today the promotion of Robert Hays to director of the Indiana FFA Association and the hire of Samantha Miller as the association’s assistant director.Hays graduated from Purdue University with a degree in Agricultural Education and has been the association’s assistant director since 2015. Prior to joining ISDA, he was the Agriculture Science and Business teacher for Warsaw Community Schools, as well as the FFA advisor for the school’s local FFA chapter. “Rob is a genuine leader and has played a critical role in the direction and growth of FFA these past couple of years,” said Bruce Kettler, ISDA Director. “I’m confident he will take Indiana FFA to the next level, and that under his leadership, this student-led organization will continue to thrive.”As director of the association, Hays will oversee programs, collaborate with ISDA staff to progress agricultural education, enhance communications between FFA advisors and members, as well as act as a liaison between Indiana FFA and National FFA. He will also be responsible for continuing the implementation of the association’s strategic plan, developed during the 2016-17 school year.Miller is also a graduate from Purdue University with a degree in Agricultural Education. Prior to joining the department, she was the Agriculture Science and Business teacher for Hamilton Southeastern Schools and served as one of the FFA advisors for the school’s local FFA chapter. “Sam has a passion for agriculture and preparing students for the future,” Kettler said. “Her experience in FFA and agricultural education makes her an excellent choice for this position, and we are excited to welcome her to the team.”As the assistant director of the association, Miller will work extensively to enhance the organization’s budgets, goals, recruitment strategies and communication between FFA advisors and members. Previous articleDuPont Pioneer Poll: When do you expect to start planting corn?Next articleCommentary: Take a Bold Step in Uncertain Times Gary Truittlast_img read more

first_img24 May 2007South Africa’s black middle class has grown by 30% in just over a year, with their numbers increasing from 2-million to 2.6-million and their collective spending power rising from R130-billion to R180-billion.That’s according to a new study by the University of Cape Town’s Unilever Institute of Strategic Marketing and TNS Research Surveys. The study, Black Diamond 2007: On the Move, is based on a sample of 4 500 people and follows two previous studies by the research partners.UCT/Unilever Institute director Professor John Simpson and TNS Research Surveys’ Neil Higgs say the study reveals an unprecedented movement in South Africa’s most important economic grouping.“It is also clear that marketers and businesses have not yet got to grips with this market and therefore may be missing the opportunities it presents,” Simpson said in a statement on Monday.The new research shows that there is not only growth from new entrants into what the institute terms the “black diamond” segment, but also from within its ranks as people move up the ladder and establish themselves in the middle class.Spending powerThe combined annual spending power of South Africa’s “black diamonds” had grown tremendously since the last study, from an estimated R130-billion at the end of 2005 to R180-billion at the beginning of 2007.In comparison, white South Africans’ annual collective buying power increased from R230-billion to R235-billion and that of black South Africans collectively from R300-billion to R335-billion over the same period.Annual claimed buying powerLast quarter 2005 estimateFirst quarter 2007 estimateWhitesR230bnR235bnBlacks: totalR300bnR335bnBlack diamondsR130bnR180bn“Perhaps the most important figure here is that 12% of South Africa’s black population account for over half (54%) of all black buying power,” Simpson said. “This compares with 10% accounting for 43% of black buying power 15 months ago.”Maintaining township connectionsIn 2005, many respondents living in South Africa’s townships expressed the desire eventually to move to the suburbs. “This prediction has proved correct, with the number of black middle-class families living in suburbs in South Africa’s metropolitan areas growing from 23% to 47% in the past 15 months,” Higgs said.TNS Research Surveys’ Nomsa Khanyile said many of those interviewed this time around claimed their hearts were still in the townships, but cited pragmatic reasons for making the move to the suburbs.“As well as making a sound property investment, their reasons include tighter security and better-resourced schools for their children,” Khanyile said. “Some also reported feeling societal pressure to move to the suburbs as it represented a visible mark of success.”There is a considerable change in where South Africa’s black middle class live compared to 15 months ago.“At the end of 2005, we estimated that 23% (0.45-million) lived in the suburbs and 77% (1.55-million) lived in the townships,” Khanyile said. “The latest estimates reveal 1.2-million ‘black diamond’ adults in the suburbs (47%) and 1.4-million in the townships (53%).”According to Simpson, this migration doesn’t mean that black middle-class families are turning their backs on townships.“Our study shows that a high percentage of ‘black diamonds’ who have moved to the suburbs return to townships on a regular basis. Even though they live in the suburbs there remains a strong desire, right across the board, to maintain their township connections.” reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

first_img6. The Film LookThe Film Look is a YouTube channel dedicated to helping new filmmakers achieve the “film look.” Founded by indie filmmakers Rob and Rich, this channel specializes in DIY camera rigs and micro-budget tricks and tips on shooting. They also put together the incredibly helpful series, The Indie Film Sound Guide. In this video, you’ll see how they shoot so many of their own videos using a DIY overhead shooting rig.Follow The Film Look: YouTube Facebook Twitter Instagram 10. PremiumBeatYou know I had to plug this, right? Here at PremiumBeat, we are seriously increasing our YouTube presence with a ton of new tutorials on filmmaking, video production, video editing, motion graphics, color grading, and much more. We also post about our latest free assets for your to download — like transitions, LUTs, SFX, and wedding video assets.On our YouTube channel, you will see our staff writers showing you how to pull off some tricks in Premiere Pro, After Effects, and FCPX. You’ll also see plenty from our great contributors. Mark Vargo, ASC can show you how to tie knots and coil cables. Lewis McGregor offers up tips on practical lighting setups. Jason Boone can offer the latest workflow tips for video editors. We try to cover everything you need.Follow PremiumBeat: YouTube Website Facebook Twitter Instagram Blog 8. Peter McKinnonPeter McKinnon is skyrocketing in popularity with his helpful tips on shooting videos and photos. He also has very helpful tutorials on working in Photoshop, Premiere Pro, and Lightroom.While some of his hacks may seem too risky — you may end up breaking your gear — some tips are really great for the low-budget shooter. He also offers some great topics, like additional gear you will need on location.Follow Peter McKinnon: YouTube Twitter Instagram Subscribe to these 10 YouTube channels on filmmaking, video editing, and production. They’re all better than film school!Top image via Shutterstock / Cinecom.There’s nothing better than learning about video by watching videos. We’ve already covered 16 must-follow channels that you’ve certainly already subscribed to. Those roundups include all the big names you already know, like Film Riot, Philip Bloom, Ugly McGregor, Sam and Niko, and Cinematography Database. You can find the old roundups here:9 Great YouTube Channels for Filmmakers7 More YouTube Channels for Filmmakers and VideographersBut what are the new up-and-coming channels as well as those that may have slipped under your radar? We’ve rounded up ten of the best YouTube channels for filmmaking and video editing.1. Cinecom.netCinecom is an all-encompassing video production and video editing YouTube channel. Founded and expertly hosted by Jordy Vanderput, the channel will show you tips on using your gear, as well as tutorials for Premiere Pro and After Effects.Recently, Cinecom has turned out a bunch of fun tutorials inspired by music videos like the camera shake in “HUMBLE” by Kendrick Lamar and this video on creating animated scribbles in Premiere Pro inspired by “That’s What I Like” by Bruno Mars.Follow Justin OdishoJustin Odisho is a machine that puts out a new tutorial every single day. His best tutorials focus on Premiere Pro and After Effects, where you will learn about the most popular transitions and effects appearing in trending videos.What’s so great is that you can pull off many of the effects he talks about natively without using plug-ins.Follow Justin Odisho: YouTube Facebook Twitter Instagram Snapchat 4. Kai WAfter his departure from Digital Rev, Kaiman Wong has started his own YouTube channel, bringing you his same charm and charisma with uncensored opinions and reviews of the latest gear.Here you will find out about the latest cameras, lenses, drones, and phones. You’ll also learn some tips and tricks for shooting better video and stills.Follow Kai W: YouTube Facebook Twitter Instagram Snapchat 7. kaptainkristianKaptainkristian is one of the best YouTube video essayists. Alongside Tony Zhou’s Every Frame a Painting (listed in a previous roundup), Kristian Williams’s videos dive into history and theory in well-executed short films. In the kaptainkristian channel, you will find fantastic video essays on animation, filmmaking, VFX, and comics. This channel currently sits at 25 video essays with nearly 400K subscribers, so you know you are getting quality over quantity. One of my personal favorites is the look behind the animation of Who Framed Roger Rabbit, where you will see incredible behind-the-scenes footage and learn all about the animation process — which didn’t occur until live production had wrapped.Follow kaptainkristian: YouTube Twitter Patreoncenter_img 5. RocketStockIf you read our blog often, you’ve probably seen us share plenty of tutorials from RocketStock. Initially a marketplace for After Effects templates, RocketStock has expanded into video element packs, selling large collections of light leaks, lens flares, and more. Not only do I recommend subscribing to their YouTube channel, you should also check out the RocketStock blog and download their monthly free assets.Their YouTube channel is pretty heavily focused on After Effects tutorials, of which nearly all use native effects so you don’t need additional plugins. You will learn how to recreate movie titles and VFX — and learn some helpful tricks for better motion graphics.Follow RocketStock: YouTube Website Facebook Twitter 3. AputureYou may know Aputure for their amazing and affordable lights and accessories, but the company also puts out some killer tutorials in their Four-Minute Film School series. In this series of short videos, you’ll learn everything from lighting setups, cinematography tips, microphone positions, and more.In this example, you will see the A-team breakdown six shots for filming in cars. Not only to they talk about examples, they show you camera placement with lens suggestions, as well as how to direct your lights.Follow Aputure: YouTube Website Facebook Twitter Instagram 9. Film Freak (Zach Ramelan)Film Freak is the brainchild of Zach Ramelan — a filmmaker, editor, and motion designer whiz kid we are thrilled to have as a PremiumBeat contributor. His channel is a mix of DIY tips, video editing tricks, and more. In this tutorial, Zach will show you how to create audio swells for transitions — much like the ones you’d hear in an Edgar Wright film.Follow Zach Ramelan: YouTube PremiumBeat Did we leave off your favorite YouTube channels? Let us know in the comments.last_img read more

first_img“Hi Hansie.” Exactly 30 months ago, those secretly intercepted words began cricket’s most infamous conversation between a man yet to emerge from the obscurity of match-fixing and another who had the talent to turn a match on its head. Speaking over cell phones, Sanjiv Chawla and Hansie Cronje combined to,”Hi Hansie.” Exactly 30 months ago, those secretly intercepted words began cricket’s most infamous conversation between a man yet to emerge from the obscurity of match-fixing and another who had the talent to turn a match on its head.Speaking over cell phones, Sanjiv Chawla and Hansie Cronje combined to cast a shadow of doubt over the game forever. The Hansie case is forgotten, but the spectre of match-fixing is back. So it appears from the way the International Cricket Council (ICC) and its Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU) are going about their task in Sri Lanka.Somehow the ICC believes that corruption in cricket runs deep in the subcontinent; doesn’t matter if the South Africans and English authorities refused to cooperate in the original match-fixing investigations.FAIR-PLAY FORCE: ICC investigators are in Colombo as part of the council’s sizeable security operation teamThe crackdown in the Emerald Isles is unprecedented. The ICC Champions Trophy in Colombo – the biggest cricket tournament after the World Cup – has witnessed the most extensive and intensive security operation with all ACU members and regional security officers turning up. The chief of the ACU, Lord Paul Condon, a former commissioner of the London Metropolitan Police, was scheduled to fly in late last week, ICC spokesman Brendan Mc Clements told INDIA TODAY “Our brief is simple: to see that the players are safe and secure and there is no malpractice during the tournament.”One look at the entrance to the change rooms at the two venues for the Champions Trophy and it is clear that nothing has been left to chance. There is a line-up of mug shots on the photo board, belonging not to those whom the authorities want to keep out but to those who they want to let in. Lined up side by side are portraits of modern cricket’s good and great-one day it could be Sachin Tendulkar with his teammates, on another Sanath Jayasuriya.The purpose of the mug shots is to let players point to their pictures and get past submachinegun-toting security men should they be stopped from entering their dressing room. Close-circuit cameras maintain surveillance on human traffic in and out of the room. Inside the change rooms, big, bold “No Mobile Phones” signs are prominently displayed.Australian John Rhodes, ICC’s security manager for the Champions Trophy and the regional security officer for Australia and New Zealand, had also scripted the security plan for the Sydney Olympics in 2000. He says the photo boards and ACU contact numbers in the dressing-rooms “are going to be the norm for international cricket now”. Rhodes and his colleagues aim to build what one ACU officer calls a “sterile” corridor between players and bookmakers like Chawla.You see the security everywhere. The official team hotel, The Taj Samudra, uses four times its normal security staff to police the event and another 200 men from the Sri Lankan Government’s ministerial security division are on stand-by round the clock. Theoretically speaking, even if Chawla wanted he would not be able to speak to any player; all phone calls to the cricketers are being screened.advertisementMissing InformationClick here to EnlargeThe effort to sever cricket’s dodgier connections is real. The ACU has started briefing sides in private on a regular basis. It is learnt that Lord Condon met the Indians on their tour of England this year and told them his unit was convinced there were still three current international players who were giving inside information to bookies.Two matches in the Champions Trophy both featuring Pakistan, have come up for ACU’s scrutiny. The first, publicised on air by commentator and former England captain Tony Greig, against Sri Lanka was put under the cosh because of the run-out of Yousuf Youhana. The Pakistani was run out by the length of the pitch without scoring. Youhana was recently sent home from a one-day series in Kenya on disciplinary grounds and then rejoined the team for the Colombo tournament.The other incident being looked into is the hit-wicket dismissal of Inzamam-ul-Haq in the tri-series in Morocco. In that match against South Africa, the Pakistanis needed runs at less than three an over with seven wickets in hand. Inzamam was in complete control until he hit a six over midwicket’s head in the 42nd over off rookie spinner Justin Ontong and then – as the ball took a couple of seconds to fly over the fielder – lost his balance and trod on the stumps. Pakistan went on to lose the match.The ACU has files on all international players with suspect credentials and the one on a Pakistani is reportedly said to be” four times” thicker than any other international cricketer’s, ACU Chief Investigator Jeff Rees recently told an English newspaper that his unit had interviews and reports with players and officials on file that could make “your hair stand on end”.Another match under the scanner is rumoured to have raked in bets of $ 2 million (Rs 9.7 crore). One “exotic” bet, according to intelligence inputs, was that the highest scorer in the Holland innings when they played Pakistan in the Champions Trophy round robin would be the extras. It may be pure coincidence but the scoreboard did show that the extras conceded were 33; the next highest scorer was not-out batsman Roland Lefebvre with 32.The stepped-up security checks and surveillance in Sri Lanka are a prelude to the big event – the cricket World Cup in South Africa next year. Now if only the ICC would do something about the original case.-with Sayantan Chakravartyadvertisementlast_img read more

first_imgThe 2010 Masters Trans Tasman Test Series will be Notley’s sixth Trans Tasman Series, in what has been a stellar career. This has also included four World Cups and numerous achievements. He is a member of the Touch Football Australia (TFA) Hall of Fame, part of the TFA All Star 30 side and has represented Australia since 1987.Notley played his first Trans Tasman in 1988, and he can’t wait to take on New Zealand later on this week. “I was a bit quicker and fitter in those days. I’m just looking forward to playing the kiwi’s again. I haven’t played them in some time,” Notley said. Notley has been one of the greats of the sport over the years, but is humble when asked how it feels to be one of the most capped players in the history of Touch. “It makes me feel old, I think that’s all that means,” he said. The Men’s 40’s division will see two of the greats battle it out against each other, with Notley and New Zealand’s Peter Walters going head to head once again. They have played against each other many times during their illustrious careers, and Notley says that his side needs to watch out for the man known as ‘Mr Touch’.“He’ll certainly be one of the danger players but there’s no doubt he’s a bit older now and a bit slower than he was so hopefully we’ll manage him better than we have in the past,” Notley said.  As for the Australian team, Notley and three of his 2010 National Touch League winning South Queensland Sharks teammates will take to the field with him in the Men’s 40’s division. There is also one of his Sharks teammates lining up against the Australian side.“There were five Sharks in the Australian team but one of them pulled out. There’s also a Sharks member in the New Zealand team, that’s Bruce McDonald. He’s quite good so it’s a bit of a shame that he’s not representing Australia. He knows all of our secrets!” he said. Notley says that last month’s training camp went well, and that the team is looking forward to taking to the field in two days time. “(It was) quite good. We had to iron out a few little things and I think everyone left there pretty happy with the way things went. “It’s hard to say (how we’ll go). I haven’t played a lot of 40’s. We’ve had one player pull out who was a bit of a loss for us in Dave Raper, but I do think we have other strengths defensively and with our go forward, both of them look pretty good.” The 2010 Masters Trans Tasman Test Series will be played from Friday, 11 June to Sunday, 13 June 2010 at Townsville’s Queens Park. To keep up to date with all of the latest Masters Trans Tasman Test Series news, please visit the following website: read more

first_imgSpain coach Moreno says Barcelona whiz Fati could make 2020 Euros squadby Carlos Volcano13 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveSpain coach Roberto Moreno says Barcelona whiz Ansu Fati could make their 2020 Euros squad.Fati, 16, recently acquired his Spanish passport and was called up to the Under-21 squad, replacing teammate Carles Perez for the match against Montenegro on Tuesday.”I would like Ansu Fati to be with the U21s,” Moreno said. “We had him in a pre-list.”He has broken the system in terms of players in specific age groups. Hopefully he can help the U21s with qualifying.”I’m not ruling out the fact that he could play at Euro 2020. It would be foolish to say that he will not go.”There will come a time when we have to look at the different pieces and see who is in the picture. Any good player is welcome in the team.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

first_imgNick Saban seen talking to the media.ESPN.At SEC Media Days this past Wednesday, Alabama head coach Nick Saban and ESPN college football analyst Paul Finebaum got into it a bit on the air regarding the legal situation involving Crimson Tide players Cam Robinson and Hootie Jones. When the cameras shut off, Saban apparently got even more animated with Finebaum – which a number of nearby reporters listened in on.It looks like the two are ready to hash it out again – or bury the hatchet. Finebaum took to Twitter Friday afternoon to announce that Saban will be in studio on his show this upcoming Tuesday. It’s a safe bet that Saban wants to clarify his position on the matter and address the confrontation the two had.Alabama Head Coach Nick Saban will join me next Tuesday in studio.— Paul Finebaum (@finebaum) July 15, 2016We’ll be tuning in, that’s for sure.last_img read more