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first_imgSomeone recently forwarded me an article about how one VA Lender (loanDepot) had seen there VA volume increase 225% over the past two years. It got me wondering how much VA lending Credit Unions do.The answer: Not much.How much is not much, read on….The Veteran’s Administration publishes a list of the top 300 VA lenders each year. You can find the fiscal year 2016 list here. Here’s the only Credit Unions and CUSOs on it…. continue reading » 12SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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first_imgThey say they will let parents and students know if there is any additional information. NORWICH (WBNG)- The Norwich Middle School and District Offices will be closed on Monday after a positive COVID-19 case was reported. According to the school district’s website, they say they will be closing the school to allow for contract tracing and deep cleaning.last_img

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first_img August 31, 2018 SHARE Email Facebook Twitter UPDATED: Governor Wolf Provides Update on Yesterday’s Flash Flooding and Ongoing Damage Assessmentscenter_img Press Release,  Weather Safety UPDATED 1:09 PM, Saturday, September 1:Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf provided an update on yesterday’s flash flooding and Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency’s (PEMA) ongoing efforts to develop damage assessments and address unmet needs in the impacted counties.“Yesterday, Pennsylvania experienced significant flash flooding that impacted roads, bridges, homes and critical infrastructure,” Governor Wolf said. “PEMA will work with local municipalities to develop damage assessments and address unmet needs. We continue to urge Pennsylvanians to monitor driving conditions to stay safe this weekend.”Yesterday, the Commonwealth Response Coordination Center (CRCC) at PEMA was activated in response to flash flooding in central and southcentral Pennsylvania. PEMA is in contact with local emergency management officials to provide damage assessments and to address any unmet needs related to the heavy rains and flash flooding in parts of central and southcentral Pennsylvania. The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) is deploying road construction crews, engineers, and inspectors to assist local municipalities. All local CRCCs are deactivated.Motorists can check conditions on more than 40,000 roadway miles by visiting www.511PA.com. 511PA, which is free and available 24 hours a day, provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information and access to more than 860 traffic cameras.511PA is also available through a smartphone application for iPhone and Android devices, by calling 5-1-1, or by following regional Twitter alerts accessible on the 511PA website.—————Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf advised this evening that the Commonwealth Response Coordination Center (CRCC) at the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency is activated and in contact with county emergency management officials to address any unmet needs related to this afternoon’s heavy rains and flash flooding in parts of central and southcentral Pennsylvania.“Safety is always our priority and I urge residents to monitor the forecast with more scattered storms possible this evening that could bring significant amounts of rain and flash flooding,” Governor Wolf said.“The Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency is in constant contact with local emergency management officials to coordinate and respond as needed. Thank you to the emergency responders for doing all that they can to help those affected by flooding and to keep people informed and safe.”As of 6:00 p.m., PennDOT advised motorists that several roads, including US 322 near Route 72 in Lebanon County, routes 283 and 230 in Lancaster County and Route 30 in York County were closed, but are now reopened due to water receding. PennDOT crews will be inspecting impacted roads for damage.As always, motorists should be alert and watch for standing water on roadways throughout the area. They should never attempt to drive through flooded roadways. Motorists should be aware of the possibility of flooding throughout the evening and be cautious as floodwaters and damaged roads may be more difficult to see at night.Motorists can check conditions on more than 40,000 roadway miles by visiting www.511PA.com. 511PA, which is free and available 24 hours a day, provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information and access to more than 860 traffic cameras.511PA is also available through a smartphone application for iPhone and Android devices, by calling 5-1-1, or by following regional Twitter alerts accessible on the 511PA website.last_img read more

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first_imgJeff James led green to checkered in winning the Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modified feature at Tri-State Speedway’s Spooker special. (Photo by Flag to Flag Photos and Videos)POCOLA, Okla. (Oct. 15) – Jeff James’ second competitive trip to Tri-State Speedway resulted in a second big payday.James, winner of the Spring Kegger special at Pocola, led all 30 laps of Saturday’s $3,000 to win Spooker main event for Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modifieds.“Isn’t that crazy? I won the spring one and the fall one. That’s $5,000 in two races,” said James. “It’s a long ways (a little over 450 miles from his home in Stanton, Iowa) but it’s a nice payday.”As a bonus, the win put James on the ballot for the 2017 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational.Jeff Taylor, Steve Holzkamper, Todd Van Eaton and William Gould rounded out the top five.James had won his qualifying feature on Friday night and started outside pole. Taylor, Holzkamper and Gould all challenged from the inside after early restarts but could not get past.He’d won the Kegger and the Friday qualifier running the lower line, but James followed the high side to the checkers in the main event.“I didn’t know that Jeff (Taylor) wasn’t right on my back bumper,” admitted James, who motored to the win by half a straightaway.Defending race winner Tate Cole started 15th and finished sixth. James had made his one visit to Pocola prior to the Kegger in the late 1990s as a spectator.Mike Wiseman was the $750 IMCA Sunoco Stock Car winner on Friday.He’d also started outside the front row and led start to finish, catching up with the back of the pack with five circuits left in the 20-lapper.A four-time winner at Pocola during the regular point season, Wiseman won ahead of Buck Schafroth, Justin Green, Andrew Bohanan and Devon Johnson.Feature Results Modifieds – 1. Jeff James; 2. Jeff Taylor; 3. Steve Holzkamper; 4. Todd Van Eaton; 5. William Gould; 6. Tate Cole; 7. Fausten Willhite; 8. Richie Tosh; 9. Mike Cook; 10. Casey Findley; 11. Drew Armstrong; 12. Scotty Allen; 13. Travis Bragg; 14. Rex Merritt; 15. Toby Lindell; 16. Robby Arnold; 17. Kevin Guinn; 18. Mike Striegel; 19. Kayden Menasco; 20. Daniel Tarkington; 21. Jordan Turner; 22. Dalton Clay.Stock Cars – 1. Mike Wiseman; 2. Buck Schafroth; 3. Justin Green; 4. Andrew Bohanan; 5. Devon Johnson; 6. Kyle Slader; 7. Daniel Tarkington; 8. Chance Asher; 9. Kevin Atkinson; 10. H. Duane Rose; 11. Seth Eldridge; 12. Shawn Blair; 13. Jody Milligan; 14. Jalen Brewton; 15. Bo Medlock; 16. Randy Reeves.last_img read more

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first_imgYOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — Running back Tevin Coleman’s high-ankle sprain in Sunday’s season-opening win is expected to keep him out of the 49ers’ next game, Sunday at Cincinnati.“I know he got hurt on the first play of the game, when they landed on his ankle and then it just got worse as the game went,” coach Kyle Shanahan said Monday. “He tried to battle through it throughout the second quarter and he was done at halftime.”But he’s not done for the season. An MRI on Monday showed that Coleman …last_img read more

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first_imgSAN FRANCISCO — Kevon Looney’s Warriors stock has gradually ascended. During his first two seasons, he scrapped for minutes. By last summer, he was an invaluable piece.His next role? Starter.Fresh off signing a three-year, $15 million deal to stay with Golden State, Looney will, for the time being, man the five-slot for the Warriors — a promotion due as much to circumstance as to Looney’s productivity.General manager Bob Myers kicked off media day by announcing that Willie Cauley-Stein will …last_img read more

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first_imgNeedless to say, the scientific institutions are thrilled that their favorite candidate won.  Editorials in both Nature and Science showed little objectivity about politics in the last few weeks.  Part of this is due to Obama’s promises to fund science heavily, including $150 billion to fight global warming with alternative energy (see Nature News).  Another reason for their support is that Joe Biden referred to intelligent design as “this malarkey” (09/01/2008) while both John McCain and Sarah Palin have made statements, albeit weak and non-specific, in favor of giving students opportunities to hear alternatives to evolution.    The Nature News article also took note of the narrow passage of California’s Proposition 8, which put into the state constitution the statement “Only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California.”  What this has to do with science, or how this will “affect the nation’s research” (the stated purpose of the article) was not explained.  The stem-cell initiative in Michigan also passed 52-48% (see 10/15/2008).  According to New Scientist, Obama has promised to lift the ban on embryonic stem cell research anyway, whether or not it is necessary.  A recent article on Live Science indicated that current techniques can “reliably reprogram adult cells into iPS [induced pluripotent stem cells] rapidly and can forego the need to rely on mammalian embryos to generate pluripotent stem cells.”    Most initiatives to restrict abortion failed, such as California’s Proposition 4 which would have required parental notification for abortions on minors (defeated narrowly) and Colorado’s Amendment 48 which would have defined someone a ”person” at the moment of conception (defeated overwhelmingly).  Obama is a strong supporter of Planned Parenthood and has never voted for any abortion restrictions, including partial-birth abortion.  Late Republican ads criticized him for supporting infanticide by voting three times against bills that would provide health care to babies surviving botched abortions.  Backed by a Democratic Congress, it is likely Obama will sign a Freedom of Choice Act that will remove all restrictions on abortion, including partial-birth abortion.  This will sweep away decades of pro-life efforts to protect the unborn.  If Obama is able to put liberal judges on the Supreme Court and other federal courts, Roe vs Wade is likely to stand, and maybe even expand, for decades to come.    Many decisions hostile to intelligent design, or supportive of unlimited abortion and gay marriage, have come from the courts.  Republicans in the past have tended to rubber-stamp liberal judges appointed by Democrats (such as Ruth Bader Ginsburg), while Democrats have tended to “Bork” conservative nominees (as Joe Biden did to Robert Bork) or delay their hearings, sometimes for years.  If this happens under a Democrat-controlled Congress and Presidency, the courts could turn even more liberal than they are now.    Most education reforms are debated at the state level in school boards and legislatures.  Opponents of intelligent design will have strong presidential and congressional advocates in Washington, though, along with the backing of empowered scientific institutions.  It may become increasingly difficult for Darwin-doubters to get a hearing.  Emboldened scientific institutions and academies may also “expel” Darwin-doubters with increased fervor and less opposition (see the movie Expelled, now on DVD, and Slaughter of the Dissidents).    The popular vote for Obama was not overwhelming, though, and many may have voted for the novelty of seeing a person of color elected President for the first time.  Some may have been so disgusted with Washington-as-usual, or with the war in Iraq, or were fearful of the economic collapse, to grasp at anyone who could promise “change we can believe in.”  Their votes for Obama may not translate into support for unlimited abortion, gay marriage, socialized health care, embryonic stem cell research or expensive global warming programs that could cripple the economy.  Often the realities of the world temper a candidate’s promises once in office.  Disillusionment among the electorate often quickly sets in after the euphoria of victory has passed.  Obama promised to be the president also of the large minority who voted for McCain/Palin.  He promised to listen to them.  Good intentions or not, he may have no choice but to move toward the center on some issues.  As a newcomer he cannot afford to ignore the advice of military chiefs and seasoned Republican advisers.  The economic crisis may force him to back off on some of the expensive programs he promised.  An international crisis, as his running mate Joe Biden predicted, could change everything.  How this all plays out remains to be seen.This is a nation where citizens are king.  Those of you who want a culture of life and a nation of free speech in science will have to speak out and work harder than ever before.  Many times in history have been far worse than this.  It is never a time for despair in God’s kingdom.    Take a breather now that this emotional roller-coaster ride is over.  Take a walk in the woods.  Calm your soul with the beauty of creation.  The birds, animals and plants still know their Maker and do His bidding.  The Earth still orbits in its privileged life-giving zone in space.  Your molecular machines, genetic code, organs and senses still are fearfully and wonderfully made.  Take confidence in the fact that the facts of nature are impervious to lies and distortions.  The evidence will still be there.  We still have free speech.  CEH is not going away.  You can still gather evidence, think, reason, debate and exercise your citizen’s right to have an influence.(Visited 11 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Harold Watters, Ohio State University Extension agronomistIs it too late to make a fall application for marestail control? Probably not, but will the conditions allow? That is another story. I have seen a few folks squeeze in fall applications, and heard several who said they will still try. I made a couple of applications last fall in mid-December and surprisingly they worked. I used glyphosate and 2,4-D. It went under snow shortly after and then deep cold, so I wasn’t sure if I had wasted my time. But when we started to green up in the spring, it was mostly dead — not perfect but pretty good. This year we had a long fall, and plenty of moisture to get weeds started. It’s green out there under those corn stalks.We have published this information fairly frequently in the C.O.R.N. newsletter (http://corn.osu.edu), and our suggestions for fall treatments have not really changed much. Herbicides are applied in the fall primarily for control of an existing infestation of winter annuals, volunteer wheat, biennials (wild carrot, poison hemlock), or cool-season perennials (dandelion, quackgrass, Canada thistle) that are most susceptible to herbicides in the fall. We have already been asked a number of times how late in the fall herbicides can be applied and still be effective. In Mark Loux’s research, herbicides seem to be effective for control of winter annuals and biennials well into December. The rate of plant death can slow considerably, but this is not a problem since weeds just have to die by early spring. Control of perennials typically declines in late November or early December though, depending upon weather.We consider the fall herbicide application to be an essential component of an effective Marestail management program, although fall is not where the majority of the money should be spent on managing this weed. Even where the herbicides lack residual, the fall treatment seems to enable more effective control of Marestail the following season.There is a core group of herbicide treatments that make sense to use in the fall based on their effectiveness and cost, as follows. On biology and control of marestail look over Mark’s website: https://u.osu.edu/osuweeds/, and see the control factsheet.Glyphosate + 2,4-D – can be used in the fall prior to any spring crop. It is the most effective of the treatments shown here on grasses, biennials, and perennials.2,4-D + dicamba (premixes = Weedmaster, Brash, etc) — can be used prior to corn or soybeans. This combination controls most broadleaf weeds, but is not as effective as glyphosate-based treatments on dandelion or Canada thistle.Canopy EX or DF (or the generics) + 2,4-D — can be used prior to soybeans. The only one of the treatments listed here that provides residual control into the following spring/early summer.last_img read more

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first_img4. Re-Using SegmentsDepending on the type of work that you do, there’s a good chance that you may need to re-use large chunks of your work in new projects. For example if you are editing a trailer for a feature film that you have cut, you are likely going to need to take big chunks of that film and bring them over into a new project easily. Or another example – if you are editing a television series and need to reference a past episode, opening sequence, or any other segment of the show, you may very well need to come up with an easy solution to transport your edits across projects.Compound clips are fantastic in that they can work across multiple projects, so if you encounter any of the situations listed above, you can very easily and efficiently move your edits from one project to another. This will not only save you a lot of time, but will also make the editing process so much more enjoyable. One of the most annoying and tedious things to do when editing is attempting to extract a specific part of your edit to be repurposed somewhere else. By using compound clips in FCPX you can do this task in far less steps. 2. Simplifying your Audio Clips A lot of people complain that FCPX doesn’t handle audio clips well. Since it is not a track based system, you will often wind up with a sequence (or a ‘project’ in FCPX terms) that has stacks upon stacks of audio clips, making it very difficult to find specific clips that you may want to adjust or delete. Using compound clips will completely alleviate this issue.I recommend creating a different compound clip for each main audio category (dialogue, music, effects, etc.), which will keep the audio portion of the project far more simplified. If you need to adjust an overall parameter for any of those clips, you can simply apply an adjustment to the compound clip. Or alternatively, if you need to make a specific adjustment to one of the individual piece of audio, you can step into the compound clip, make the adjustment manually, and then step back into the timeline. 1. Apply an Effect to a Group of ClipsWhen you’re in the finishing stage of your edit (meaning the picture is locked), you will often want to apply an effect, color adjustment, or filter to more than one clip at once. While it is possible to simply copy and paste the attributes of one clip to a bunch of others, it is often times far more preferable to use compound clips.Let’s say that you want to add a slight color adjustment to a sequence of 25 clips in your Final Cut Pro X timeline. If you were to make the adjustment on one clips and then copy and paste it to the others, you would need to re-adjust every one of those clips if you decided to change the look at all. On the other hand, if you decided to use compound clips you could simply adjust the look one time and it would automatically update all of the clips. In this post I’ll show you five ways to use compound clips to dramatically improve your editing experience.For those unfamiliar with FCPX, compound clips behave a lot like nested sequences in other editing platforms. They give you the ability to group together any number of clips (audio or video) as well as titles, adjustment layers, generators, and more – ultimately creating a single clip that encapsulates everything.Before compounding:After compounding:To really take advantage of the power of compound clips in Final Cut Pro X you should be using them in a variety of ways: 3. Nest Complex Sequences Much like the previous point, you can just as easily use compound clips in FCPX to organize the video clips in your timeline so that things don’t get out of hand. I find that audio typically becomes an issue far faster than video will, but there have certainly been times when I’ve had so many video layers stacked on top of each other that it became difficult to navigate the timeline.In situations where you have a number of stacked layers that aren’t going to change – which would be the case with composited shots, title sequences, etc. – your best bet is always going to involve using compound clips. More often than not, whatever it is that you need stacked on top of each other are going to need to stay married to each other in the timeline, so by creating a compound clip you are not only helping to clean up the project itself, but also preventing those clips from accidentally getting moved in the timeline, and falling out of line. 5. Assembling a Master CutFor those of you that have edited feature films or any other long form content, you are probably used to working in ‘reels’. If you’re not familiar with this type of workflow, the idea is to break up long form content into smaller sequences (let’s say 4 or 5 twenty minute sequences) as opposed to having an entire hour and a half edit all built up in one very long sequence. The logic behind doing this is that smaller sequences will always run much faster on your system, so you generally want to use this technique on long form projects so you maintain a fast editing speed.When you’re officially picture locked though, at some point you are of course going to need to combine all of those reels into a master sequence. Once again, FCPX compound clips can save you a whole lot of time here. All you need to do is create a compound clip for each one of your reels, and then copy and paste those into a new sequence. For any of you that have worked with nested sequences in the past, this is essentially the exact same idea, and it’s probably the most common use of compound clips for that reason. Want to learn more about using compound clips in FCPX? Check out a few of the following links:Final Cut Pro X Video Tutorial: Compound Clips for MusicCreating Compound Clips in FCPXFinal Cut Pro X Video Tutorial: Using Compound ClipsHave any tips for working with compound clips in FCPX? Share in the comments below.last_img read more

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first_img5 Ways to Use a Handheld Gimbal StabilizerHere are the five ways I like to use my gimbal.1. Steadicam-Style Tracking ShotThis is the most obvious one. Use the gimbal to follow your subject around to capture tracking shots. Try to keep your subject center frame while moving around to keep from seeing excessive bobbing up and down. It’s a trick to keep your audience from looking at the edge of the frame to see any up-and-down movement.2. Smooth Pans and Tilts without a TripodUse your gimbal like you would use a tripod. If you working on a run-and-gun project and have trouble quickly extending and moving a tripod, you can capture a lot of similar movements on a gimbal. You can shoot tilts and pans pretty easily. You don’t even have to use the gimbal’s joystick. For the best results, use your body to move the camera and gimbal system.3. Steady Still Shots without a TripodYou can also use the gimbal to try to eliminate any movement, like a standard tripod shot. This requires you to be as still as possible, and if you notice a little bit of movement in your shot, you can apply a warp stabilizer.4.  Crane ShotThis is one of my favorites. Basically, I prop my body down in a squat, and then slowly stand up. It gets a really nice crane up shot.5. Slow Dolly / Push Over / Slider MovementThis is the shot I use the most with my gimbal. It’s very easy to get a simple push over, slider-like movement. And it’s so much easier than carrying around a slider or dolly.Hope these tips help you out on your next shoot! Subscribe to PremiumBeat on YouTube for the latest tips and tricks. In this video tutorial, learn five ways you can capture stable and beautiful footage with a handheld gimbal.Over the past few months, I’ve had the incredible opportunity to travel the world and film a wide variety of different subjects. From mini-docs to short narratives and commercials: I’ve realized that next to my camera, my go-to piece of gear has been my single-handed gimbal.  Its versatility and size make it a crucial tool for any run-and-gun production, and I feel like all filmmakers need this in their kits. In this video, I’m going to show you five ways I use a gimbal to capture cinematic footage. (For those interested, I’m shooting on the CAME-TV Optimus 3-Axis Camera Gimbal.)Let’s hop into the video and see what kind of footage you can capture.last_img read more

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