20 March 2006After opening their Commonwealth Games medal challenge with a title winning performance in the men’s 4×100 metres freestyle relay, Team South Africa has continued picking up medals in Melbourne, mostly in the swimming pool.Natalie du Toit, after setting a world record in qualifying for the final of the 50 metres freestyle for elite athletes with a disability (EAD), went on to claim gold in the final in another world record time of 29.27.Speaking after her win, Du Toit said her goal remains to make it to the Olympic Games as an able-bodied competitor.Also on Friday, Lize-Mari Retief captured bronze in the women’s 50 metres butterfly after dead-heating with Alice Mills in 26.78 for the final medal.In the men’s 50 metres backstroke, Gerhard Zandberg, a member of SA’s 4x100m freestyle relay team, took third place in 25.16.Three more swimming medalsOn Saturday, Team SA picked up four medals, three of them in the swimming pool.Sprint superstar Roland Schoeman added the Commonwealth title to the World Championship title he won in 50 metres butterfly, touching in 23.34 seconds. It was some way off his world record of 22.96 that he swam in Montreal last year.George du Rand picked up a silver medal in the 200 metres backstroke, finishing in 2:00.32.Suzaan van Biljon added a bronze medal to the country’s haul from the swimming pool, turning in a time of 2:25.39 in the women’s 200 metres breaststroke final.There was further success for South Africa in shooting as the men’s 25 metres standard pistol pairs team laid claim to the bronze medal.Gold for NatalieOn Sunday, Natalie du Toit won her second gold medal of the championships, clocking 1:01.81 to take victory in the EAD 100 metres freestyle.Roland Schoeman and Ryk Neethling, like they did at the World Championships, had to settle for silver and bronze in the men’s 100 metres freestyle, except this time around it was Neethling who won the silver.England’s Simon Burnett won the race in 48.57, ahead of Neethling’s 49.20 and Schoeman’s 49.24. Afterwards, Burnett, who trains with Schoeman at Arizona University, credited the South African ace for his huge improvement in the event, saying Schoeman had helped him tremendously, including assistance with improving his stroke.Javelin goldIn athletics, Sunette Viljoen struck gold in the women’s javelin, throwing 60.72 metres, just 87 centimetres shy of her career-best throw.It was a fantastic turnaround for the 22-year-old athlete, who in 2005 faced a possible two-year drug ban for failing a drug test after returning abnormally high hormone levels. It was subsequently discovered that she was seven months pregnant and she was cleared of the charge.Besides the medal winning performances, there were further good showings from South African swimmers. Lauren Roets posted an African record 25.64 in the 50 metres freestyle heats, Gerhard Zandberg also swam an African record, clocking 55.41 in the 100 metres backstroke semi-finals, and Wendy Trott recorded an African record 8:39.19 in the final of the women’s 800 metres freestyle as she finished fifth.Hockey drawsIn hockey, the South African men’s team, after opening their challenge with a 6-1 pounding of Trinidad and Tobago, were held to a one-all draw by Pakistan.Paul Revington’s charges were just 90 seconds from a stunning upset of the highly fancied Pakistanis after Reece Basson put them ahead in the fifty-second minute by beating three men and then slamming his shot across goalkeeper Salman Akbar into the net. However, Syed Imran Warsi netted a late penalty corner to earn Pakistan a share of the spoils.The women’s hockey side experienced a similar fate. They began their competition with a 4-1 win over Nigeria and then faced India.They led the defending champions two-nil after early goals from two early goals from Henriette du Buisson. The Indians, though, pulled one back through Subhadra Pradhan and then, in the last minute, Pradhan smashed in a second penalty corner to make the final score two-all.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) recently announced this year’s deadline for producer applications for the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) is March 31.March 31 is also the deadline by which initial applications are needed from farmers with expiring 2012-2016 contracts if they want to renew them for another five years. Some 12 million acres already in the program are eligible for renewal this year.“CSP is a continuous sign-up program, and producers can apply to enroll at any time of the year,” said Traci Bruckner, Senior Policy Associate for Agriculture and Conservation at the Center for Rural Affairs. “NRCS applies a cut-off date for applications to be considered during a particular fiscal year. Once the cut-off date is past, producers may continue to apply, but they will not be considered for entry until the spring of the following year. To enroll in 2016, you must file your application by March 31.”The Conservation Stewardship Program is a voluntary stewardship incentives program administered by NRCS. It rewards farmers, ranchers, and foresters for maintaining existing conservation and for adopting additional measures that run beyond the farm or ranch.CSP pays producers for clean water, better soil management, improved habitat, energy efficiency, and other natural resource benefits. Since the program began in 2009, nearly 70 million acres of farm and ranch land have been enrolled in the program.To sign up, farmers and ranchers should visit their NRCS local service center and submit their basic application form by the March 31 deadline. To find a local service center visit: http://offices.sc.egov.usda.gov/locator/app?agency=nrcs“Once a farmer or rancher’s initial application is accepted by NRCS, they are then scored based on current and planned future conservation activities,” added Bruckner. “If applicants meet acceptable conservation levels, they become eligible to compete in a ranking process that determines who will receive contracts. NRCS works down through the list of eligible applicants until acreage allocated to the particular state for that particular year runs out.”2012 Contracts Up for RenewalMarch 31 is also the deadline for CSP contract holders who enrolled in 2012 to renew. CSP contracts last for five years and can be renewed for an additional five years, extending and building upon their previous conservation efforts and current level of stewardship.Existing CSP contracts enrolled in 2012 will expire later this year if they are not renewed by March 31. Producers should act now to ensure a seamless transition into another five-year contract and avoid any lapse in payments.Approximately 12 million acres and 8,000 contracts are up for renewal this year. To see the number of contracts and acres set to expire in each state: http://goo.gl/y1NZwW. The map below shows the total number of acres that were originally enrolled in 2012, which are set to expire at the end of the year if not renewed before March 31.
ShareGrid just released their end-of-year report detailing the most popular gear rentals of 2018. Let’s take a look at the most-used pieces of equipment.One of the best resources for filmmakers right now is ShareGrid. Their platform is simple: rent gear owned by other filmmakers. They are the middleman, bringing filmmakers together so we can get our hands on the gear we need. So, whether you want to become a member and invest in some heavyweight cameras for the upcoming year, or if you’re more interested in renting gear as you need it, ShareGrid is here to help you plan accordingly with their end-of-year report.The results break down into rental profits, number of rentals, and rental days to recoup value, which basically just means the number of days you’d need to rent the item out to cover its cost. It’s all about determining which cameras and pieces of equipment will yield a higher return on investment. There are also graphs and lists showing where and when the gear gets rented the most (Los Angeles is the most popular, obviously). Pair this data with our Camera Rumors for 2019, and you can start determining what’s really worth your investment.5: RED Scarlet-W Dragon 5KThis was the biggest shock in the PremiumBeat office. We would have thought an Alexa or an URSA Mini would be more popular than the Scarlet-W Dragon. But, waddayaknow? Since this camera is almost three years old, it’s interesting to note how popular gear is once its initial value drops.4. Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5No surprise here. The GH5 has been one of the powerhouse consumer cameras of the past two years. With 4K 60p with no crop, shooters love this camera, and we can see why it’s been popular in the rental market. Not only is it relatively cheap to rent for the day, you can also pay this camera off fairly quickly if you want to purchase one. You know it’s in high demand, and certainly it will continue to be in the coming year.I imagine the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K will probably knock this down the list. As more people get their hands on this affordable camera, expect the rental market for it to increase as well.3. Dana Dolly Original KitThe dolly will never go out of style. The specific brands and types might, but given what a dolly can do for your shots, it will always be around in some form or another. So, it makes sense that this affordable, efficient, classic piece of equipment is not only a good item to rent but also a good investment — the “Rental Days to Recoup Value” is only 14 days. The Dana Dolly kits available on ShareGrid are perfect for any size camera (up to 120 pounds), so this is your be-all and end-all solution for whatever you’re shooting.2. Sony PXW-FS7 XDCAM Super 35 CameraI didn’t know that the FS7 was this popular, but here we are! The camera has been out for more than 4 years, so expect its depreciating value to affect popularity and price. (However, the price for the FS7 is still listed as $7,000 right now.)1. Sony a7Sii Mirrorless CameraThe Sony a7s lineup will save us all. With the a7S III on the horizon, the a7S II will increase in popularity as its price comes down. But everything that made this a popular camera in the first place will still be there. Point is, this 4K mirrorless beast is great option for anybody starting out or shooting videos on a medium- to low-sized budget. I personally own an a7S II and will continue to use it until I inevitably break it somehow (then I’ll buy an a7S III).Check out the full list of the most popular rented gear in 2018 here.All images via ShareGrid.Looking for more articles on film and video production? Check these out.Every Stressed Out Cinematographers Best Friend: The Pre-Light5 Things Every Filmmaker Should Know Before Making a Feature FilmVideo Tutorial: Improving Your Time-lapse Workflow for the GH5The 5 Best Places to Pitch Your Documentary Film ProjectsThe Most Exciting Camera Rumors of 2019
Three people drowned in as many districts on August 2 as the flood situation in Assam worsened affecting eight of the State’s 33 districts.The death toll since May — when the first wave of floods hit Assam — has risen to 41 with landslides caused by heavy rainfall having claimed the lives of three people.Officials of the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) said a person each drowned in Dhemaji, Udalguri and Golaghat districts. These and five other districts have been affected by flash floods and the rising waters of the Brahmaputra and four of its tributaries.“About 1 lakh people have been affected by the second wave of floods,” an ASDMA official said. Eastern Assam’s Golaghat is the worst-affected district with 54,135 people displaced followed by Sivasagar (17,905) and Lakhimpur (14,052).Golaghat and Sivasagar district authorities have set up 99 relief camps that are currently housing 20,869 people.The officials said crops on 5,056.35 hectares has been destroyed across the eight districts.“Apart from inundation, erosion has been a major problem. At least 68 houses have been destroyed by rivers such as Jia Bharali and Panchnoi in Sonitpur, Udalguri and Barpeta districts,” the ASDMA official said.
MOST READ Aside from his candid commentary, the former NBA player is notorious for bringing out the Philippines’ famed cleaning tool during playoff times—which perfectly signifies going winless in a best-of-seven playoff series.Speaking alongside fellow analysts Heather Cox, Michael Wibon and Chauncey Billups prior to tip-off of Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals between the Golden State Warriors and the San Antonio Spurs on Monday (Tuesday in Manila), the 2000 NBA Most Improved Player once again brought out the broom to signify the Spurs’ demise.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting“I have as much respect for the Spurs as anybody, that’s why I’m not gonna wave it very high,” Rose said referring to the “walis tambo,” which he wrongly identified as its outside counterpart, the “walis tingting.”“But I have to get out the walis-walis, tingting tambo, because the Spurs will be getting swept this evening.” The 2017 NBA Playoffs have been filled with landslide victories or “sweeps,” and ESPN analyst Jalen Rose has surely taken notice.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES View comments His comical gesture was warranted, as the Warriors indeed swept the Spurs, catapulting themselves to a 12-0 post-season record and into their third straight NBA Finals appearance.READ: Warriors set 12-0 record for 3rd straight trip to NBA FinalsCome post-game, Rose once again proudly waved the “walis tambo.”“My Filipino family, fans, and friends wanted me to bring out the walis, walis, tingting,” he said. Khristian Ibarrola /raJalen Rose calls the GSW sweep tonight! Where the Filipino homies at! Lol. pic.twitter.com/XFP3ecK4JiADVERTISEMENT Man who told immigrant to go back to country asked to write essay SEA Games: PH beats Indonesia, enters gold medal round in polo Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students PLAY LIST 01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games 250 enrolled at phony school arrested in immigration scam Lillard, Anthony lead Blazers over Thunder — Warriors Talk (@JaeAzizi) May 23, 2017 Hornets beat Pistons for 8th straight time LOOK: Vhong Navarro’s romantic posts spark speculations he’s marrying longtime GF Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Warriors ready for third straight NBA Finals appearance
Story Highlights First Lady of Burkina Faso, Her Excellency Chantal Compaoré, is commending the country’s efforts to protect women and girls, including ensuring that teen mothers return to school. The First Lady disclosed that apart from teenage pregnancies, her Government is also fighting to eradicate traditional practices, such as genital mutilation, which is very harmful to girls. First Lady of Burkina Faso, Her Excellency Chantal Compaoré, is commending the country’s efforts to protect women and girls, including ensuring that teen mothers return to school.Such measures, she said, are critical to gender and development and will ultimately ensure the country’s progress.Mrs. Compaoré was addressing students and staff at the Haile Selassie High School in Kingston on Wednesday, June 26, 2013, as part of her working visit to the island to learn about Jamaica’s experience in preventing adolescent pregnancies and supporting adolescent mothers.The First Lady praised the staff of the institution for the “exemplary work” they are doing and the support they are providing for the teenage mothers, who attend the institution.She informed that in her homeland, once the pregnancy is visible, the student will have to leave school.“The girls feel quite abandoned and it is for this reason, on the recommendation of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) that we came here to Jamaica to see exactly how you do things,” she stated.“The situation of adolescent mothers in Burkina Faso is a big problem, that is why we are here to learn from your experience and see how we can translate the successes that you have had in your experience in our own country…so that our young girls can have the lovely smiles that you have,” she added.Earlier this year, the Government announced that effective September 2013, it will be mandatory for all school-aged mothers to be re-integrated into the formal school system.Principal of Haile Selassie, Lorenzo Ellis, said the institution is “far advanced” in this process as, for some time, it has been providing facility for adolescent mothers to resume their education.Dean of Discipline at the school, Joseph Heron said the institution believes in social inclusiveness and the right of every child to receive an education.He noted that the institution works closely with the Women’s Centre Foundation of Jamaica and the Child Development Agency (CDA), adding that the girls are treated with the utmost respect when they are re-integrated into the formal education system.“Within the Guidance Department we have to reassure them that their status of motherhood is precious but it is also confidential. We don’t want them to come under any undue pressure from any member of the community or school, as such, those members of staff who are in the know, they keep it confidential…and offer the necessary support,” he said.The First Lady disclosed that apart from teenage pregnancies, her Government is also fighting to eradicate traditional practices, such as genital mutilation, which is very harmful to girls.“I have had to fight within the United Nations system to ensure that a resolution will be passed within the United Nations to condemn and to prohibit female circumcision across the world,” she stated.She said that while genital mutilation is not an issue in Jamaica, countries need to collaborate to ensure that harmful practices, which have adverse health risks, especially on women, are eradicated.During her visit, the First Lady toured sections of the Haile Selassie compound, including the computer laboratory, cosmetology department and the library. She also heard testimonials from teenage mothers, who attend the institution.She was accompanied by Minister of Women Promotion and Gender, Nestorine Sangare; Head of Capacity Building in the Ministry, Koudraogo Kabore; and Chief of State Protocol, Office of the Prime Minister, Ambassador Elinor Felix, among others.In Burkina Faso, recent studies show that adolescent girls and young women are the first victims of unwanted pregnancies and illegal/unsafe abortions, along with all the risks and consequences they cause.Jamaica is supported by the UNFPA to protect and promote the rights of adolescents and young people towards responsible sexuality and access to high quality reproduction health services. Mrs. Compaoré was addressing students and staff at the Haile Selassie High School in Kingston on Wednesday, June 26, 2013, as part of her working visit to the island to learn about Jamaica’s experience in preventing adolescent pregnancies and supporting adolescent mothers.