Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Mark Landefeld, Ohio State University Extension Agriculture Educator, Monroe CountyEvery livestock owner I have talked to the last few weeks has the same situation, more mud and more tracked-up fields than they can ever recall before.Mud increases stress for the livestock and the farm manager. The way you manage, or don’t manage, muddy conditions affects your livestock’s performance and may have a big impact on damaging forage plants in your pastures.So, what are we going to do with our pastures and areas, which have taken the hits this year? Options range from complete renovation of the area, to doing nothing and allowing nature to take its course. My guess is, that both options, and something in between may be practical on most farms this spring. Even within a paddock, different treatments will probably be necessary because zones closer the water source will likely have more damage than other areas of the paddock.The dilemma: to add seed, or not to add seed? If we do nothing but give the areas time, forage will grow. What forage grows will be determined by how badly the area was tracked-up, the variety of seed dormant in your soils and your pastures fertility levels. It certainly seems we all have weed seed waiting and ready to grow if given the opportunity. So, what is a weed? In pesticide classes over the years, I’ve heard and I’ve said, “a weed is a plant growing out of place.” Luckily, for us, our livestock can utilize many weeds that grow in our pastures and get a good amount of nutrition from them, but a little extra help may be needed this year.I think our job now, in these moderately to heavily tracked areas, is to try and determine what is going to come back in these torn-up fields. Then we can provide assistance where we deem necessary to help retain, or obtain, the species of forage we want in those fields. Where heavily pugged fields and tracking with machinery have occurred, complete renovation is probably going to be needed. Other areas with moderate damage might be smoothed with a drag or other implement when the soil firms enough to get equipment on it and then seed the area with a no-till drill (This can take place on partially frozen ground as well as dry soil). In the lightly tracked areas, frost seeding should prove very beneficial to producers. This would also be a great time to increase the percentage of legumes and or grass varieties in your pastures.Frost seeding is a relatively inexpensive and quick way to incorporate new seed varieties or cultivars into a paddock. Light tracking from our livestock’s hoof action has provided the openings needed for the seed to make good contact with the soil in many pastures this year. Any producer wanting to use the frost seeding technique needs to put the seed on now, or in the next couple of weeks. As the name implies, frost seedings need freeze and thaw cycles after seed application to work properly. I always get producers asking me in mid/late March if they can still do frost seedings. My answer is generally, yes, you can still put the seed down, but if you don’t get several frosts after seeding, the results are probably not going to be what you want.In moderately damaged areas where complete renovation may not be needed, but we feel we still need to do something to reduce weed pressure, introducing a quick germinating variety of seed such as Italian ryegrass can be beneficial. These seeds start quickly and may help shade out unwanted weeds. This seed may be introduced by frost seeding methods we just discussed or by no-till drilling the seed into the soil. When soil conditions permit, seed could be introduced into some less damaged areas by no-till drilling the seed into the soil.Finally, as growth begins in the spring, new legume and grass seedlings will have a better chance to survive if they have help competing against the established plants. Frost seeded pastures should be grazed lightly or clipped in the spring at regular intervals when grass plants are around 8 inches in height. This will allow sunlight to enter the canopy so new legume seedlings are not shaded out. However, do not allow animals to graze newly seeded areas so heavily (to heights less than 3 inches) that they ruin the seeding before adequate roots are developed. Temporary electric fence may be needed to control livestock and prevent overgrazing. Strict grazing management to allow plants an adequate rest period after each grazing pass must be implemented to produce strong root systems and maintain healthy plant growth. If continuous unmanaged grazing is allowed to occur, your frost seeding efforts will be pointless.
The three-act structure has long been the standard for storytellers — but bending the rules can lead to exceptionally cool results.The principles of the three-act structure have been employed by storytellers for ages. In the early 20th century, filmmakers adopted the three-act structure to develop compelling stories for their burgeoning art form. While this traditional structure remains the standard, filmmakers have found ways to bend the structure to their creative will.What Is the Three-Act Structure?Three acts. Three elements of a narrative arc. Makes sense, right? The set up. The rising action. The resolution. Let’s look a little closer at this concept.The Set UpImage via LucasfilmThe set up is exactly what it sounds like. This is when characters are introduced and the world of the film is established. Near the end of this act, the first turning point is introduced — and the game changes.The Rising ActionImage via LucasfilmThe characters spend the second act dealing with the conflict presented at the end of the first act. Traditionally, while confronting said conflict, the characters find a way to make things even worse. This act is the “meat” of the story. It should be dense with plot movement and character development. A weak, meandering second act is a perfect way to lose an audience.The ResolutionImage via LucasfilmIn the final act, characters reach their peak potential and growth by acting on valuable lessons learned during the first two acts. The final conflict — the climax of the narrative — arrives. The characters accept their destiny by confronting and defeating their demons/issues/Death Stars.How to Bend the RulesThe classic three-act structure isn’t going anywhere. It’s undeniably a dependable and familiar storytelling template. Even better, it’s malleable, allowing for subtle subversions and bold disruptions of expectations. Here are some classic examples of stories that tweaked the trope.Fragmented Structure: Pulp FictionImage via MiramaxQuentin Tarantino has built a career on deconstructing the three-act structure. Pulp Fiction has set up, conflict, and resolution — just not necessarily in that order. Tarantino fragments the narrative and jumbles the arc. The story unfolds in chapters told out of turn. Occasionally a three-act structure unfolds within the fragments of the greater whole, but the chapters exist on a timeline that ends in the middle before reaching the end where the story begins. If you will.Non-Linear Structure: MementoImage via Newmarket FilmsChristopher Nolan never met a story he couldn’t make more complex. Take Memento, for example. To call the film’s narrative path untraditional is an understatement.The anterograde amnesia of the main character — Leonard, as portrayed by Guy Pearce — allowed Nolan to craft a non-linear playground of a plot that moves forward and backward at once. When the story is unfolding in reverse, Nolan presents the action in color. When time moves chronologically, Nolan uses black and white footage. This device is jarring and disorienting, forcing the audience to feel the effects of Leonard’s inability to create new memories.Eventually, both strands of the narrative collide at the end of the film in dramatic fashion. The traditional aspects of storytelling are there — but don’t expect to find them in the places they’re usually found.Parallel Structure: The Usual SuspectsImage via Gramercy PicturesCompared to the previous examples, The Usual Suspects from Bryan Singer doesn’t play quite as fast and loose with the rules of traditional structure, but it’s still a noteworthy example of manipulating the three-act structure.Two story lines unfold at once through narration and flashbacks. One thread follows the exploits of criminal Dean Keaton, who is killed at the beginning of the film. The other features the interrogation of Verbal Kint, a small-time hood connected to the incident that led to Keaton’s death. Both play out in linear fashion — but Kint’s narration unfolds “after the fact” and Keaton’s character arc is exposed in flashbacks.In the end, Singer still uses a traditional three-act structure, it’s just broken up and twisted by the narrative sections featuring Kint. The parallel narratives force the audience to put together two complicated puzzles at once — puzzles that only exist to obscure the shocking final picture.Is the three-act structure worth using anymore? What are your favorite examples of films that used or abused it? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
Balancing windows in interior locations can be extremely difficult. Here’s how to get the right exposure by adding or reducing light.Shooting indoors? Capturing windows (and what’s beyond) can add depth to your scene, but the difference in interior and exterior exposure levels can also ruin a shot entirely. Here’s what you need to know.Nothing sells the realism of a daytime interior more than being able to see out of a window. This is a challenge as far as cinematography goes because it’s extremely rare that the interior’s exposure levels match exterior ones.Once you expose for the typical interior, the outside will be “hot” or overexposed. This is something many cinematographers try to avoid because blown-out highlights are one of the key differences between film and digital — and they immediately kill the cinematic look.The easiest way to achieve this is to wait until the right time of day when the sun is either rising or setting. The downside of this is that this level will only last for several minutes, and if you want to shoot for longer than that, you will need to find a different solution.Another way of bridging the gap between exposure is to increase the levels inside until they match those outside. This requires bigger, more-powerful lights, which increases production costs. But the larger downside is that it causes your talent to squint and affects performance. It’s even worse if you’re shooting an interview, unless you want your subject to look pained and uncomfortable.Neutral Density to the RescueA third, and perhaps the most widely used solution, is to add neutral density to the windows. This comes in 48- or 60-inch wide rolls, and is available in .3, .6, and .9 strengths, which represent 1, 2, and 3 stops of light loss.You can hang these outside the window on a C-stand, or if it’s windy, you can apply them directly to the window with water or adhesive. This takes time, but nothing else will allow you to match exposure inside and outside as easily.The rolls aren’t cheap — at around $100 for 25″ — but you can also buy a DIY alternative from a hardware store. The downside is that they’re not as color neutral and may tint the light coming from the window.Make the Outside DisappearIf you want a window in your shot, but don’t want to see what’s outside, you can swap the neutral ND for some diffusion, like grid cloth or Soft Frost. This will cause the window to blow out completely, creating a nice even light from outside.Depending on the window’s position relative to the sun, the diffusion may or may not help illuminate your scene. If this is something you want to take advantage of, you can add your own source of illumination, like a daylight-balanced HMI or LED fresnel. This will also allow maintain the same effect inside the location after the sun has gone down.Illuminated diffusion on the outside of the windows is a beautiful effect, and you can see it in many scenes when the filmmakers are trying to keep the focus on what’s happening inside the room, rather than on the character’s connection to the world outside. Lincoln used this technique in the majority of its locations, as did the recent Greig Fraser-lensed Vice.By adding or reducing light from windows, you’ll have more control over your daytime interior scenes, and you’ll be able to deliver an ambience that will better serve your story.Interested in the tracks we used to create this video?“Oceanfront” by Vincent Tone“Positive Day On” by Make MusicLooking for more video tutorials on filmmaking and video production? Check these out.Learn to Create Your Own 8-Bit Art in Adobe After EffectsSimple Tips on How You Can Capture Better Slow-Motion VideoHow to Alter the Color of Your Video Using Lumetri CurvesVideo Tutorial: How to Use Premiere’s New Freeform ViewHow to Create the Double Exposure Effect in Four Manageable Steps
About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say James rejects Colombia for Real Madrid chanceby Carlos Volcano18 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveJames Rodriguez is determined to win over Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane.Back in Madrid after two seasons away on-loan with Bayern Munich, James has intimated he wants the chance to prove himself at Real.Marca says the Colombia captain has turned down squad selection for friendlies with Chile and Algeria.James has made the decision in order to train at Valdebabas during the international break.The midfielder is aiming to impress Zidane with this new show of commitment.
Defending champions Real Madrid will be facing Bayern Munich for the semi-finals of the Champions League, while Liverpool will be playing against AS RomaSky Sports have reported that Los Galaticos will travel to the Allianz Arena for the first leg of their semi-final clash against the recently crowned Bundesliga champions on April 25.Zinedine Zidane will be hoping for a better performance from his side after their near shock elimination against Juventus, despite having held a 3-0 aggregate heading into the second leg last Wednesday.During the second leg, Juventus had three goals unanswered at the Santiago Bernabeu and appeared to be on the verge of producing one of the greatest comebacks in European history. Yet, a late decision by referee Michael Oliver gave Cristiano Ronaldo the chance to save Real from a shock exit with the aggregate score ending with a 4-3 win in their favour.Top 5 Atletico Madrid players to watch in next week’s UCL Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 With the Champions League about to start, we need to start talking about the Top 5 Atletico Madrid players to watch in the competition.Atletico…Meanwhle Bayern overcame a tricky tie against Sevilla with a 2-1 aggregate. Although the Andalusian side did become the first team to have prevented Jupp Heynckes’ side from scoring in the competition at home in 22 matches.While Liverpool will host Roma for the first leg of their semi-final at Anfield on April 24 with Jurgen Klopp’s men likely to be wary of another stunning comeback from the Serie A side, that saw Barcelona being eliminated.Semi-Final Draw (April 24/25 – May 1/2)Liverpool v Roma Bayern Munich v Real Madrid
Billericay Town Football Club’s owner Glenn Tamplin is one of the most eccentric owners in the English football lower tier leaguesThis has been a crazy week for National League South team Billericay Town F.C. after the club hired manager Steve Watt, only to fire him a few hours later.According to The Telegraph, eccentric owner, Glenn Tamplin added Watt to the team’s WhatsApp group, only to remove him later.“I’ve had to sack him because he was slagging us off last year,” Tamplin wrote on the group.“One minute we were all saying how much we were looking forward to working with the guy, the next he was gone,” one of the players said.“I’ve never seen anything like it. Apparently, when he was in charge of Margate last season he had a few digs at Glenn and it’s all come out. Hopefully, something gets sorted soon.”The team’s manager position is vacant after Harry Wheeler was sacked last month.Billericay Town F.C. was founded in 1880 and is the second most successful club in FA Vase history, winning the competition on three occasions.Thank you Harry for everything you done for us I’ll say it again on here as I have in person I’m sorry for the way it ended, Good luck in the future ? https://t.co/JJq1EXS5sb— Glenn Tamplin (@glenntamplin) September 11, 2018
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 24 Mar 2015 – Excellent local and regional support for the Anti-Money Laundering Conference hosted by the Attorney General’s Office, the Financial Intelligence Agency and the Caribbean Financial Action Task Force. The two day event attracted award winning Diplomat and Attorney General for Trinidad and Tobago, Garvin Nicholas. AG Nicholas explained the Paris Conference held earlier this year has been the impetus for these caucuses around the region; and shared that he believes the Caribbean still has the opportunity for an edge as it follows these general expectations.“Well you make a very, very interesting point in your question and that is that we are different, we cannot be expected to do things in exactly the same ways the bigger countries do and I think it has already been generally accepted that the things the bigger countries have been doing have not necessarily been working because those pushing the regulations the most have been found wanting the most in terms of their own money laundering problems. I think the Risk-Based assessment would probably go a longer way in tailoring regulations to particular circumstances and I think we must be mindful of those particular circumstances and move forward in that direction.”We’ll have more next time; the conference wrapped up today and was held at the Regent Palms Resort. AG’s Office warns against false Registrar of Lands accusations Law enacted gives Governor and Planning Board more clout Related Items:anti-laudering, attorney general, Caribbean Financial Action Task Force Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Attorney General announces 14 Law Reforms for 2016
Lionel Messi would be restored to Barcelona’s starting line-up in Sunday’s Catalan derby against Girona according to manager Ernesto Valverde.Messi, 31, failed to travel with the squad in the midweek loss to Sevilla in their Copa del Rey quarterfinal first leg.The Argentine’s absence raised a lot of eyebrows considering he made a cameo appearance in last week’s La Liga win over Leganes at Camp Nou.“It was a decision based on the coach’s criteria, who is the person who knows his players best,”“Valverde said in a news conference via ESPN on Saturday when asked why he had not started top scorer Messi in either of the last two matches. “I have to make those decisions.Match Preview: Barcelona vs Valencia Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Is derby time in La Liga, as Barcelona welcomes Valencia to the Camp Nou Stadium tonight at 21:00 (CET).“No one else has the data I have on my players. I do what is best for the player, for the team and for the club.”Valverde has challenged Malcom to earn a regular spot in the team with the Brazilian linked with a move away from Nou Camp.“We want him to have that continuity [of playing regularly] and to be a player that intimidates the opposition in the final third,” he said.“There are other players playing [in his position] but when he does play he has to try and win his place in the team so that it can’t be taken away from him.”
, Updated: 1:28 PM December 14, 2017 Posted: December 14, 2017 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) — The California Department of Insurance has formed a task force to fight fraud and scams targeted at the survivors of the devastating Lilac Fire.Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones made the announcement Thursday at a Vista library branch which is now functioning as an assistance center for fire survivors.”This is ground zero for protecting wildfire survivors and we are taking a stand against disaster fraud,” Jones said.The Department of Insurance will be working with the Contractors State License Board (CSLB) and the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office to canvas neighborhoods scorched by the fires, and warn residents about the dangers of hiring unlicensed contractors.California law is very clear about what kinds of financial obligations are allowed. Rick Lopes, a spokesperson for the Contractors State License Board said that homeowners should be concerned if any contractor demands a lot of money upfront.”They can ask for no more than 10 percent or $1,000, whichever is less. Once you get past the down payment, they cannot require you to pay for any work before that work is done or for any of the materials before the materials are delivered to your job site,” Lopes said. Unlicensed contractors who are caught trying to solicit work in the disaster area could be prosecuted on felony charges. For more tips and useful guidelines on hiring a reputable contractor, you can go to the website, www.cslb.ca.gov or CheckTheLicenseFirst.com. Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Anti-fraud task force aims to protect wildfire survivors
Five more flu deaths reported, flu cases reach new season high Posted: March 27, 2019 Categories: Health, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter March 27, 2019 Updated: 10:54 PM 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Local health officials received reports of five more flu-related deaths last week in San Diego County, while confirmed flu cases reached a new season high, it was announced today.Only one of the five residents to die had no additional medical issues– a 40-year-old North County man. He also had no record of receiving a flu vaccination, according to the county. The other four residents had additional medical issues and ranged from 47 to 90 years old.County officials confirmed 675 flu cases last week, beating the previous season high of 618 cases. Last week’s case total is also a 21 percent jump over the previous week’s 536 cases. Because of the continued flu activity levels, the county extended its order for unvaccinated health care workers to wear a mask in patient care areas to the end of April.The county Health and Human Services Agency has confirmed 54 flu deaths and 7,886 influenza cases so far this season. At this point last year, county officials had confirmed 318 deaths and 19,841 cases.“People should continue getting vaccinated and taking other preventative measures, especially those at higher risk of developing complications,” said Dr. Wilma Wooten, the county’s public health officer. “In addition to getting vaccinated, people should practice good hand hygiene.”County health officials and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention strongly advise the annual flu vaccination for everyone 6 months and older, especially demographics with a heightened risk of serious complications, such as pregnant women, people older than 65 and people with chronic conditions.Recent flu seasons have extended as late into the year as May, according to county health officials.Flu shots are available at doctors’ offices, retail pharmacies, community clinics and the county’s public health centers. Residents can also call 211 or visit the county’s immunization program website, sdiz.org, for a list of county locations administering free vaccines. KUSI Newsroom, KUSI Newsroom