Professionals lead way in ‘shrinking’ city centre

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JEP celebrates 40th anniversary with new program

first_imgUSC students participating in the program teach and mentor high school and middle school students. JEP has been adding programs in the past decade as more students decide to serve.Tammy Anderson, executive director of JEP, said on average 1,100 students participate in JEP each semester and 20 to 25 percent of those students have participated before.“It just shows that more and more, our students want to be involved. They want to be part of the solution to problems and test out their own abilities,” Anderson said.This semester, JEP created a program for international relations students and formed new partnerships with USC Cadets, who will help them run a boot camp, and the California Conservation Corps.“We try to add programs that will give our students different experiences than [those] we already offer,” Anderson said.Travis Glynn, a junior majoring in international relations who has worked at JEP for two years, runs the new program. He said it will allow students form USC to talk at middle schools and high schools about international relations issues related to Los Angeles.“We will discuss issues ranging from trade and migration to court security and public safety,” Glynn said.JEP will also be continuing a program that allows international students to teach about their homelands and cultures.Though plans to formally celebrate JEP’s 40th anniversary have been postponed until the house is finished, Anderson is encouraging students who have participated in JEP to go online to share their most memorable moments working at JEP.“It’s an important milestone for a program like ours to be at a big research university like USC for so long. Its students want to be engaged, and our full time staff and student staff have been here and committed to the program,” Anderson said. “That’s the key to why we’ve been so successful.”The JEP house is being renovated for the next nine months to provide more space for the growing program. JEP is now temporarily housed at The Lot.JEP Program Assistant Coordinator Nicole Kohansamad. a junior majoring in business, said the project allows students to interact with the community in a new way.“It’s a small amount of time during your week that will have a big impact on you. It exposes you to what is going on in the community, and it gets you out of the USC bubble,” Kohansamad said. “JEP is really for someone who wants a rewarding experience to learn about other people and themselves.” As part of the Joint Education Project’s 40th anniversary, the organization created a program with international students and formed partnerships with USC Cadets and California Conservations Corps.Cleaning house · The Joint Educational Project added a program that will allow USC students to teach middle and high school students about international relations. – Matthew Wunderlich | Daily Trojanlast_img read more

Cats use power play to claw past Leafs 5-2 Friday in the East Kootenay City

first_imgThe Nelson Leafs got off to a rocky start on a six-game Kootenay International Junior Hockey League road trip through the East Kootenay and Okanagan.The Creston Thunder Cats scored three first period goals en route to a 5-2 victory Friday at the Johnny Bucyk Arena. The win avenged a 6-5 loss to Nelson earlier this season.Scott Butters, Scott Swiston and Trevor Forward, the latter two goals coming in a span of 25 seconds on the power play, scored for Creston. The two extra-man goals came after Leaf forward Max Mois was whistled for a five-minute penalty for checking-from-behind.Colton Schell gave Nelson some brief life in the second, scoring eight minutes into the frame.However, the Thunder Cats restored its three-goal advantage on another power play marker by Brandon Formosa.Swiston increased the Creston lead before the period ended to 5-1.Dallon Stoddart scored the other goal for Nelson in the third.Creston out shot the Leafs 32-30 with Creston’s Tyler Moffat out dueling Andrew Walton in goal to register the win.Nelson, 12-5-0-1, returns to action Saturday in Beaver Valley against the Hawks. Beaver Valley trails Nelson by a single point in Murdoch Division standings with the Hawks playing three less games.LEAF NOTES: Nelson drops to 5-2 on the road this season. . . . Nelson forward Patrick Martens had an assist to add to his point scoring streak — the streak is now 13 games. However, Martens now trails Ryan Edwards of Beaver Valley by a single point in KIJHL scoring. Friday’s game in Creston was the first time Martens has not had more than one point in six games. . . . Nelson Minor Hockey grad Carsen Willans was names the third star Friday. . . . Injuries continue to hamper the Leafs as Nelson played the game with only 14 skaters. . . . Missing from the lineup were defenceman Riley Henderson, Walker Sidoni and Blake Arcuri along with forwards Linden Horswill, Matti Jmaeff and Brett Norman. Norman was a healthy [email protected]last_img read more


first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 12, 2016)–Reddam Racing’s undefeated Eclipse Champion Nyquist, idle since winning the Grade I Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Oct. 31, heads a field of six sophomores in Santa Anita’s Grade II, $200,000 San Vicente Stakes at seven furlongs on Monday.Trained by Doug O’Neill and ridden by Mario Gutierrez in all five of his wins, the Kentucky-bred colt by Uncle Mo, who has also posted victories in the Grade II Best Pal Stakes, Grade I Del Mar Futurity and Grade I FrontRunner Stakes, will attempt to provide the triumvirate of J. Paul Reddam, O’Neill and Gutierrez with a measure of déjà vu, as they also teamed for victory in the 2012 Santa Anita and Kentucky Derbies with I’ll Have Another.While recent stakes wins by top Derby prospects Mohaymen and Mor Spirit have generated considerable early buzz among industry observers, O’Neill remained upbeat this morning regarding Nyquist’s prospects.“We’re just eager to see him compete at a high level on Monday and let that speak for itself,” he said. “That’s what I love about this game, though, everyone has an opinion…Whenever you read something negative about your own horses, it’s like somebody saying something about your family members…But if he runs a big race Monday, we can write our own story.”A winner going seven furlongs in the Del Mar Futurity three starts back on Sept. 7, Nyquist will be shortening up off a pair of wins at a mile and a sixteenth, in both the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile and Santa Anita’s FrontRunner Stakes Sept. 26. His career earnings of $1,613,600 dwarf those of the rest of the San Vicente field.Big Chief Racing’s Exaggerator, idle since winning the Grade III, 1 1/16 miles Delta Jackpot over a muddy strip on Nov. 21, was a close fourth, beaten three lengths, by Nyquist in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile and will unquestionably be the second choice in the San Vicente wagering. Trained by Keith Desormeaux, the Kentucky-bred colt by Curlin demonstrated a stalking style in winning the Grade II, 6 ½ furlong Saratoga Special four starts back on Aug. 16 and could likely employ similar tactics off the bench.A winner of three out of his six starts, he’ll be ridden by Desormeaux’s Hall of Fame brother, Kent, for the fourth consecutive time. Exaggerator has a solid work tab for his return that includes a bullet five furlong move in 58.20 here on Feb. 2. A well beaten fifth by Nyquist in his maiden special weight debut at Santa Anita June 5, he has earnings of $983,120.Trainer Wesley Ward will be represented by Florida-bred Sheikh of Sheikhs, comes off a third place finish in the Grade III, six furlong Hutcheson Stakes at Gulfstream on Jan 2. Owned by Abdullah Saeed Almaddah, Sheikh of Sheikhs, who has a pair of sprint victories from four starts, will be making his Southern California debut. A bay colt by Discreetly Mine, he’s shown good speed in both of his wins.El Charro is another shipping in from south Florida to make his Southern California debut in the San Vicente. A Florida-bred colt by Put It Back, El Charro, who was purchased privately following a second place finish in a one mile minor stakes at Gulfstream Park Jan. 2, has two wins from six starts and will be making his first start for trainer David Jacobson. He is owned by Head of Plains Partners, LLC and Jacobson.A 3 ¾ length first-out maiden winner going 5 ½ furlongs Jan. 9, Denman’s Call is Doug O’Neill’s “Avis” choice in the San Vicente. A Kentucky-bred gelding by Northern Afleet, Denman’s Call was bred by W C Racing, Milt Gilman and Mark Verge. He’s owned by Gilman Racing, Westside and W.C. Racing, Inc.The complete field for the Grade II San Vicente, to be run as the fifth on a nine-race card Monday, with jockeys and weights in post position order: Nyquist, Mario Gutierrez, 124; Electrifying, Tyler Baze, 120; El Charro, Joe Talamo, 120; Denman’s Call, Flavien Prat, 120; Exaggerator, Kent Desormeaux, 122, and Sheikh of Sheikhs, Rafael Bejarano, 120.First post time on Monday is at 12:30 p.m. Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m.last_img read more


first_imgPULSE WEEKEND PREVIEW: Donegal’s No.1 nightclub Pulse Venue Letterkenny had another successful weekend with NINE bars and SIX rooms spread over two floors.On Saturday night DJ Al Gibbs was playing the best of dance music in THE CLUB. Paul R was playing the best of 80’s,90’s and chart music in the LIVING ROOM and THE WHISTLING DONKEYS playing in THE LIVE EXPERIENCE.This Saturday night were going to do it all over again with DARA K in THE CLUB, PAUL R in THE LIVING ROOM and Megabeat -a five piece band covering the best of the 90’s chart hits right up to the modern chart so everything from Mr Vain to Eminem, Macklemore, Rihanna, Elle Goulding, Flo Rida, Kanye West, Pitbull and the list goes on are playing in THE LIVE EXPERIENCE and patrons can also take in the stunning surround of the SECRET GARDEN and enjoy our delicious stone baked Pizza’s from THE PIZZA SHACK.Patrons can also go all out in our VIP area the RESERVE LOUNGE and enjoy skipping the queue, escorted to your reserved table, Private bar and champagne by calling 086-6070426Check out our Facebook page for your chance to Win 4 VIP passes for the RESERVE LOUNGE this Saturday night. PICTURE SPECIAL FROM ANOTHER SUPERB NIGHT AT PULSE VENUE was last modified: May 13th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:EntertainmentFeaturesnewsPulse Venuelast_img read more

Busy time ahead for Doug Wilson: “I know I have to get to work”

first_imgSAN JOSE — General manager Doug Wilson was still trying to put things in perspective Thursday after the Sharks came up six wins short of capturing the franchise’s first Stanley Cup.That necessary time to reflect after the Sharks lost the Western Conference Final in six games, though, can only last so long.His captain, Joe Pavelski, wants to stay with the team but doesn’t have a contract. His star acquisition, Erik Karlsson, said he likes the organization but doesn’t know where he’ll land. …last_img

What to expect from Jimmie Ward at 49ers training camp?

first_imgSANTA CLARA — Three practices into training camp and 49ers free safety Jimmie Ward is healthy.That’s a positive step for their 2014 top draft pick who’s career has been hit with one injury after another.Ward, of course, did not participate in the first three practices because he was on the active/physically-unable-to-perform list. Instead, he worked with trainers on his individual conditioning — doing sprints behind the end zone, for instance — to prove he was in shape after re-fracturing his …last_img

Markets have plenty to watch as summer heats up

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Doug Tenney, Leist MercantileUSDA with its weekly crop progress report on May 29 put the U.S. corn planting at 92%. Huge amounts of corn were planted during the first three weeks of May, though northwest Ohio struggled severely to plant corn and soybeans timely this spring. Heavy rains fell throughout much of May causing significant delay in planting until the last few days of May. The May 29 report revealed Ohio had just 82% of its corn planted, leaving 621,000 acres yet to be done.It is interesting to note that comments on the stock market at the end of May suggest that stock traders were growing weary, paying less attention to trade developments with China and other U.S. trading partners. Meanwhile, the opposite is taking place for grains, as traders seem to hang onto any and all news of China and its trade posture with the U.S. Producers want to be optimistic, yet aware the big price decline could be just moments away. One day, traders are ecstatic at finally seeing China eliminate tariffs on inbound U.S. soybeans, then within two days they are thinking China is not buying enough U.S. soybeans.Expect that weather will easily dominate the news for the next six weeks. It would appear that extreme weather events are the current trend and not ending soon. Weather trends at times can be hard to recognize, much like not seeing the forest for the trees. Consider this spring. The Eastern Corn Belt in April ranked highly in history for its extreme cold temperatures. Yet, May for Ohio and the Midwest ranked second or third as the warmest ever. The U.S. is not the first to see huge weather extremes this year. Argentina had drought, extremely high daily temperatures, as well as prolonged excessive rains which reduced both corn and soybean production. Brazil had drought conditions, which reduced corn production. Brazil’s soybean production is record setting and is likely to get even bigger.Producers across Ohio (except northwest Ohio) praised corn conditions with consistent outbursts such as, “Outstanding, best ever, fantastic, quickly emerged, picket fence, rows closing earlier than expected,” to name a few. Producers pushed themselves in May to complete nitrogen applications in spite of afternoon prolonged cloudbursts — which appeared out of nowhere — complicating battle plans outlined that same morning.Dry conditions for wheat in the U.S. southern plains, Russia, Canada, and Australia during May pushed July CBOT soft red wheat to $5.54 on May 29. Price gains early that day failed to hold as July wheat ended the day six cents lower amid one of the biggest daily price ranges for all of 2018. Keep a strong eye on weather events in the U.S. southern plains this summer. If that area remains dry for months on end, that dry trend often moves into the U.S. Midwest. Drought monitor maps at the end of May raised concerns that dry areas in Iowa, Missouri, Illinois, and Indiana were larger than the previous month.Grains this spring appear to be extremely sensitive to headlines as price activity during the night session has often been squashed during the day session. China is not going away soon. Trade rhetoric is excessive as each side, bullish and bearish, attempts to win the day, displaying they have the biggest and brightest belt buckle for all to see.Trade issues continue to be an ongoing concern for grains, at times easily outweighing the weather. While China trade issues continue to grab the headlines now and in the past, there are other countries of concern. Months ago Congress imposed its own mid-May deadline to renegotiate the NAFTA treaty. That deadline has passed without resolution, a situation especially frustrating to grain traders. Producers across the country, especially those with grain, continue to seek lasting solutions on trade issues. They know that prolonged trade wars are not bullish. The U.S. has imposed tariffs on Mexico’s steel and aluminum. Those tariffs could affect U.S. corn exports with Mexico. Months ago headlines that Argentina was exploring its potential to export corn to Mexico seemed to be a longshot. Now, not so much.last_img read more

Video Editing: Speech Analysis in Adobe Premiere Pro

first_imgUsing Adobe Story with Premiere Pro makes the Speech Analysis very powerful and was a time saver for me on several doc projects where I was able to attach a professional transcript and quickly navigate to what the speaker said.What we’re seeing is just the beginning of speech recognition in video editing apps.  It will be exciting to see what advancements will be made in the near future.  When used properly, Speech Analysis can be a great tool to cut down your time in post by organizing and streamlining the process of locating footage.Are you using Premiere’s Speech Analysis?Share your thoughts/experiences in the comments below! Speed up your video editing workflow in Adobe Premiere Pro by using Speech Analysis to navigate to specific words and clips in your project.Speech Analysis is becoming a popular option in video editing applications these days. It can save you time if you are dealing with large amounts of footage, by allowing you to quickly locate a line of dialogue or subject matter in your video clips.Avid Media Composer offers speech analysis and recognition as an additional purchase.  If you want quality speech analysis in Final Cut Pro X you’ll need to pony up for an additional plugin.  The folks at Adobe have made speech analysis easily accessible by including it in Premiere Pro CS6.Like all speech recognition programs, the quality can be a bit hit or miss depending on the speaker and the quality of the recording.  However, after an initial analysis you can make changes manually or add the script to Adobe Story to improve the results.  In this post we take a look at how to apply Speech Analysis in Premiere Pro, how to use it in conjunction with in and out markers and how to attach a script to your Premiere project.Step 1: Analyze ContentWhen working with speech recognition in Premiere I recommend setting your workspace to Metalogging (Window > Workspace > Metalogging).  Then, select the clip or multiple clips in  your project, right click and select “Analyze Content”.In the Analyze Content panel check Speech and set the quality to High, leaving the rest unchecked.  Then, click OK.  Note: If you want to attach a script from Adobe Story be sure to check the “Use Embedded Adobe Story Script” box.Adobe Media Encoder will launch and encode the Speech Analysis.  As a timesaving benefit, you can continue to work in Premiere Pro while Media Encoder runs in the background.After the Speech Analysis is complete, you will see the results in the Speech Analysis panel.  Click the Play button (shortcut: spacebar) and each word turns blue when it’s played.Again, it’s worth noting that the quality of your speech analysis in Premiere will largely depend on the clarity of the on-screen speaker, background noise in the footage and the quality of the recording (high quality vs low quality microphone).  You can delete/merge/insert a word by right clicking on a clip.To change a word click on it twice and then type the new word.Navigating Footage Using Speech AnalysisNow, when working with analyzed footage I usually change my workspace back to the default editing layout. I moved the Metadata panel to the side of the Source Monitor, so I can see both at once.I save this as custom workspace called “Script Editing” – a timesaver when you’re doing this process often.I can now use Speech Analysis to find specific parts of my interview, and this will save me time, especially with longer interviews.  You can also edit the footage directly off the script.  Select a word, press I to set an In, then find the word you want to end on and press O. The area you have selected turns yellow.Then click the Insert or Overwrite icons in the Source Window or Analysis Speech panel to edit the clip into your sequence.  This is a really quick way to assemble rough cut edits in Premiere Pro.  You can always tweak the exact in and out in the video off your timeline later.Insert/Overwrite IconsIf you’re more inclined to create subclips of your footage (great for organization) you can also do this with “In and Out” and then from the menu bar Clip > Make Subclip.  When working with a large amount of interview footage I prefer to use the speech analysis information as a guide in creating my subclips.I can also mark sections of the clip by adding markers to the script. Click on the word in the Speech Analysis panel where you want to set a marker, then click on the Source Monitor and press M to create the marker.  Very useful for taking notes during an edit.Improving Speech Analysis with StoryIf you are doing doc work or scripted film/TV work you can use Adobe Story to increase the accuracy of Speech Analysis.  Adobe Story is an online Service, but it can also be downloaded as an app to work offline.  There is a free Version called Story Free, while the full Adobe Story is part of the Adobe Creative Cloud. Check out the Adobe Help for details on using Speech Analysis in Story.Let’s take a quick look at the process of using story with your Scripts.  First, in Adobe Story click the “+ New” icon to create a new script.For narrative projects you can import scripts created in other apps. If I am doing a documentary , I can paste a transcription of the text into the script.To get this to work in Premiere Pro you have to add scene numbers (scene numbers are marked in blue):The easiest way to do this is to click on Production > Manage Scene Numbers in Adobe Story and add scenes automatically.Click image for larger view: When you are done with your script, export it in the .astx format.  Now, in Premiere Pro when you analyze the script click the “use embedded Adobe Story script.”In my example the transcript matched what the speaker was saying so I checked “Script Text Matches Recorded Dialogue”.last_img read more