Eureka High running back Sergio Manzo wins CIF Spirit of Sport award for 2017 fall season

first_imgEureka >> Eureka head football coach Jason White has been in the game for a quite a while.But when it comes to him describing senior running back Sergio Manzo as “one of the classiest kids” he’s ever coached and “somebody any parent would want their daughter to marry,” he’s got some clout behind it.White isn’t the only one to recognize Manzo’s character, either.The Loggers’ senior running back has been award the 2017 fall season’s CIF Spirit of Sport Award, a distinction that is given to one …last_img read more

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DiData buys US cloud services company

first_img5 July 2011South Africa’s Dimension Data (DiData) has acquired US enterprise cloud company OpSource for an undisclosed sum, as part of its efforts to accelerate and expand its cloud computing service offerings.The move will see DiData creating a centralised cloud solutions business unit, of which OpSource will form part. The unit will report directly to Dimension Data CEO Brett Dawson.OpSource provides expertise and automation technology to operate high-availability, business-critical cloud computing and hosting environments to over 600 enterprises, service providers and software-as-a-service independent software vendors.It employs 150 people and is headquartered in Santa Clara, California with operations in Virginia, the United Kingdom, Ireland and India.“Market readiness for cloud services is being enabled by technology maturation, along with clients’ needs for more flexible services-centric, IT sourcing options,” Dawson said in a statement this week. “Our decision to accelerate our focus on cloud services aligns to our long-standing strategy to become a services-led business.”Building cloud-related capabilitiesOver the past few years, Dimension Data has been building cloud-related skills and capabilities in the areas of virtualisation, data centre and storage, managed services and hosting, and IT outsourcing – all critical to enabling cloud architectures for clients.“OpSource brings a rich set of services, a sound cloud architecture, and extensive experience in cloud services that will meet immediate client needs – in addition to a cloud infrastructure which supports development and growth in this space,” said Dawson. “We believe OpSource provides us with an accelerated time-to-market as their infrastructure and services are well-established and tested.”Global market opportunityAccording to OpSource co-founder and CEO Treb Ryan, mapping a migration path and architectural design for cloud is complex and requires in-depth understanding of an organisation’s entire IT infrastructure, architecture, and relative interdependencies and risks.“An understanding of IT integration across disparate multi-technology, multi-geography, IT environments is critical to evolving toward cloud-based architectures,” he said. “We believe that as part of Dimension Data, OpSource will be better able to capitalise on the global cloud computing market opportunity.“We’re thrilled to be a part of the Dimension Data family.”In July 2010, Japan’s Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation (NTT), a leading global telecoms provider, acquired Dimension Data for approximately £2.1-billion, leading to its delisting from the JSE.SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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Three Things You Need To Know About Premiere Pro CC

first_imgNew to Premiere Pro? Know these file management and workflow tips to improve your editing.As an editor who is still learning the ins-and-outs of Premiere Pro CC after 10 years with FCP 7, I’m constantly coming to terms with why Premiere Pro does things the way it does.I’m not saying either way is better (in comparison to any NLE) but what matters to me, is that I fully understand exactly what’s going on. To that end, here are three things I learned recently, that you might want to know too.Premiere Pro CC Generates Useful JunkOne of the things that is especially helpful about Premiere Pro CC is the ability to throw just about anything on the timeline and it will just work. That ”just working” does require a decent amount of RAM to make it go, but it also requires a bit of work behind the scenes too.When you import your camera native files (say some .MTS files) Premiere will start to ‘conform’ those files getting them ready to play back. If you’ve ever dropped some files on the timeline only to discover they seem to have no sound, this is often because it is still creating the preview files.It only has to do this process once because it creates a cache of all those conformed previews in a folder on your boot drive. This is very helpful while you’re working on a project, but after you’re done those files just sit in that cache folder, slowly swallowing up a huge amount of disk space.The best way to deal with this situation is two fold. First of all it probably makes sense to move the media cache folder from it’s current location on your boot drive, to your main media storage drive. That way you can keep a closer eye on it, and also not forget all about it and wonder where your drive space is going. By default the Adobe media cache folder is here on a Mac:Users/(Your user name)/Library/Application Support/Adobe/Common/Media Cache FilesYou can set the default location in the Adobe Premiere Pro CC Preferences under Media. In the second section ‘Media Cache Database’ – simply hit browse and point it to a new folder on your fastest media storage drive. It will ask you if you want to move the current cached files, or simply delete them and start over.You can also set Premiere to save the Media Cache files ‘next to originals when possible’ – which means that your camera native folders will start to fill up with these files instead (or wherever you are importing your media from). This might be preferable if you are working on lots of little projects, spread across many drives, or taking the drive to lots of different machines. If not, you’re probably best simply moving the media cache folder off your boot disk.Next, you’ll want to clean it out after you’ve finished a project to save space. If you need to come back to a project once you’ve deleted the media cache files, it will just re-create any missing files. To do so simply hit Clean. This will only delete any files not associated with any source media currently connected. If you want to delete everything you can just navigate to the default location and delete the contents to the trash.How Premiere Pro CC Handles Audio Channels One of the quirks of Adobe Premiere Pro is the way in which it handles audio channel mapping ( stereo, mono, dual-mono, 5.1 audio that you bring in). The main thing to understand is that once you drag an audio file to the timeline you cannot modify the settings of the track in the timeline. You have to set up your audio files to behave the way you want, before you edit them into the timeline. Otherwise you have to change them bit by bit, which is a huge hassle if you’ve already done any editing!Rather than repeat the intricate details of how all of this works, I thought it best to point you to some excellent step by step instructions from Larry Jordan.In this first article Larry describes the different audio track types and how they operate and in the second article he walks through how to modify the audio channels of a clip to get it to do what you want. For example if you want to get a dual-mono clip to operate as dual mono, rather than a stereo pair. You can also read the official information from Adobe here.Move a Timeline From One Project To AnotherIf you are used to the way FCP7 used to operate, in that you could have multiple projects open at once, and simply drag and drop sequences, bins, clips etc. from one project to another, you might be wondering how you go about moving a timeline or a bin from one Premiere Pro CC project to another – given that you can only have one project open at a time. It is actually very simple and can be done a number of different ways.The first way is simply to click File > Import and navigate to the Adobe Premiere Pro CC project file itself and then choose from the options shown above. If you choose ‘Import Selected Sequences’ this will import a folder with all the media associated with the timeline you choose, and the timeline itself, into your open project. The two timelines will not be dynamically linked.The second way is to use the Media Browser window within Premiere to do the same thing. This method provides you with a bit more visual feedback than the first, but operates in the same way. Just navigate to the project file you wish to work with and pull across whatever you want. The benefit of this method is that you can also select bins not just timelines.Are there any other things about Premiere Pro that weren’t intuitive at first (especially for editors coming from other editing apps)? If so, share them in the comments below!last_img read more

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Mavericks the stars in men’s Elite Eight

first_imgBy BEN HARRISNSW Country Mavericks will be the team to beat in the men’s Elite Eight division after another dominate day for the defending champions at the 2014 X-Blades National Touch League in Coffs Harbour on Friday.The John Dalton-coached side finished undefeated as they won their final two round matches against Queensland Chiefs (10-6) and NSW Rebels (7-2).They will be confident they can go back-to-back as they have showed glimpses of their brilliance that took them to the 2013 title.In second spot was NSW Mets who also won their two matches on day three.They disposed of Queensland Country Outlaws 9-6 before being pushed by NSW Scorpions 4-3 in the last round.Two Queensland sides – Outlaws and Stingrays – finished third and fourth respectively and they have the difficult task of stopping the NSW domination.No team from the northern state have made the grand final in the men’s competition.Outlaws’ spot in the top four was assured before they took to the field to defeat The Alliance 9-3 in the seventh round.The Stingrays’ 10-8 win over the Chiefs in the match prior sealed the top four.Stingrays and Chiefs were battling for the final spot in the semis.Chiefs finished fifth while the Rebels came sixth.The Scorpions, the 2011 champions, have missed out of the Elite Eight semi-finals for the first time while The Alliance finished eighth.In the semi-finals on Saturday, Mavericks will meet the Stingrays and Mets take on Chiefs at 11am.You can keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and information from the 2014 X-Blades National Touch League in the following ways:Websiteswww.ntl.mytouchfooty.comwww.austouch.com.auSocial MediaFacebook – www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustraliaTwitter – www.twitter.com/touchfootyaus (be sure to use the hashtag #NTL2014)Instagram – www.instagram.com/touchfootballaustraliaYouTube – www.youtube.com/touchfootballausRelated LinksMen’s Elite Eightlast_img read more

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5 days agoArsenal commence Ceballos fee talks with Real Madrid

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Arsenal commence Ceballos fee talks with Real Madridby Paul Vegas5 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal have set their price to buy Dani Ceballos from Real Madrid.The midfielder is on a straight loan with the Gunners this season and El Desmarque says he has told Real president Florentino Perez he wants to stay.Ceballos held talks with Perez during the international break,Arsenal are prepared to do business for a price of €35m, though Perez is insisting on a higher valuation.Real will demand at least €40m to sell Ceballos in January. last_img read more

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We were sitting ducks Veteran shares memories of Dieppe

first_imgMONTREAL – At age 100, Honorary Col. David Lloyd Hart still remembers every detail of the bloody and chaotic scene on the beach during the ill-fated Allied raid on Dieppe in 1942.Hart, a communications operator, remembers being stuck on a crippled boat about five metres from shore, unable to swim for the beach because he couldn’t leave the vessel’s radio unit.“The fire was terrible,” he said at an interview at his home in Montreal.“There was mortar fire, and there were machine-gun nests in the cliffs which weren’t seen by our intelligence people because they had them covered, and they had heavy six-pounder or more cannons shooting at us.”The Canadian Forces calls Hart, who was born in July 1917, the country’s oldest and longest serving officer. (He has the honorary rank of colonel).He enlisted in the reserves in 1937 with the Fourth Signal Regiment and was called to active duty in 1939.He went on to receive a military medal for bravery for his actions in Dieppe after he insisted on briefly going off air to locate two brigades and pass on an order to withdraw.The raid on occupied France would prove to be the bloodiest single day for Canada’s military in the entire Second World War.What was supposed to be a stealth operation quickly went wrong when the Allied forces were spotted by German troops, who barraged the boats with heavy fire.“We were sitting ducks,” said Hart, who escaped without a scratch.Of the almost 5,000 Canadian soldiers who took part in the raid on occupied France, nearly 3,400 were captured, injured or died. The number of deaths totalled 916.Hart remembers seeing soldiers crouched behind the seawall, trying to dig with stones for a place to hide.“They couldn’t, they were actually helpless,” he recalled.The ship he was on, hopelessly damaged, had to be towed all the way back to England.Hart stayed in the military after the war, eventually going on to command the 11th Signal Regiment.Since leaving active duty he has served in various honorary positions.Hart, who is still active and who looks much younger than his 100 years, says he’s impressed by today’s young soldiers, who he believes are “just as good as we were.”He’s also glad the military is doing a better job than they used to of supporting the many veterans who return from wars with post-traumatic stress disorder.At times, however, he’s disappointed to see some people losing interest in Remembrance Day, or wearing white poppies to promote pacifism.“People don’t understand,” he said. “They seem to think that wars should be abolished. But war has been around ever since people were fighting one another 5,000 years ago.”He returned to Dieppe for the 75th anniversary of the conflict this summer, which he described as an emotional experience.While he says all veterans “have to live with our memories,” he says that given the chance, he’d sign up again — if he were young enough, that is.Hart, who remembers the days of scratchy crystal radio sets and gramophones, believes the drive to win military conflicts spurred many of the “marvellous” advancements in medicine, science and technology he’s seen in his lifetime.“We have people going to the moon, and we have a spaceship that’s up in the sky doing experimentation,” he said. “And we’re talking about finally sending someone to Mars.“These are all marvellous things.”last_img read more

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NS projects increased budget surplus of 345 million for 201819

first_imgHALIFAX – Nova Scotia’s projected surplus is up $5.1 million to $34.5-million for 2018-19, mainly due to energy giant Shell walking away from six offshore exploration licences.In a budget forecast update released Thursday, Finance Minister Karen Casey said her department is projecting a $93.3-million increase in total revenue over the budget tabled in March — a figure that includes $60.4 million from Shell’s licence forfeiture, and a $30-million increase in personal income tax revenue due to “higher projected personal taxable income.”The department said Shell was to spend $996 million in total, and the forfeiture figure represents a 25 per cent penalty on the $241 million that was left unspent by the company.About $25.7 million of the forfeiture money is to be spent on a long-service award payout to 1,400 long-term care nurses, while Casey said the remainder — upwards of $36 million — will be spent at a later date as the government sees fit.“There are many projects that government considers,” said Casey. “Some of those do become projects that can be announced, and until they are it would be folly for us to announce them.”Casey admitted it’s not the best way for the government to rake in revenue.“I wouldn’t say it’s a happy windfall. I would say that it’s a forfeiture that’s come back to the government and we are going to be wise and prudent in how we use it.”Casey’s reluctance to tip her hand on the use of the money drew fire from opposition critics.“I think with all the questions that we’ve had in the house on the transparency of this government, and to actually say we have $36 million and we aren’t going to tell you what we are going to do with it is absolutely irresponsible,” said Progressive Conservative finance critic Chris d’Entremont.NDP Leader Gary Burrill also questioned the government for being tight-lipped about its plans, saying there are plenty of areas that could use extra financial support.“Particularly we see this in the world of health care, primary care, emergency care, long-term care,” Burrill said. “The investments are desperately needed and the government needs to focus less on the accumulation of a surplus and more on making the investments that are required.”Casey said departmental spending is expected to increase by $113.2 million, mainly due to $70.8 million more than originally budgeted for health care services including such things as increased ambulance call volumes and increased costs for special pharmaceutical drugs.The government said additional appropriations totalling $115.9 million would be needed.Total expenses are forecast at $10.95 billion — $88.4 million higher than the budget estimates.Meanwhile, the projected excise tax on recreational cannabis has been revised down by $5.9 million from the budget because of the changing of the federal legalization date. In March the government had issued a rough projection of about $20.8 million in fresh taxes and duties from projected sales of about 12 million grams of cannabis.Casey said complicating matters in forecasting cannabis revenues is the fact that implementation costs still aren’t fully known yet.The minister was asked whether that’s created concerns for future revenue projections.“It’s one of those things that is very uncertain,” said Casey. “Those (projections) are all estimates, there are no concrete numbers yet.”last_img read more

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CVS and Delta fall while Aflac and General Electric jump

first_imgNEW YORK — Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily Thursday:CVS Health Corp., down $1.13 to $73.37The New York Post reported that a judge might bar CVS from integrating its business with health insurer Aetna.Tailored Brands Inc., down $6.01 to $14.13The apparel company cut its annual forecasts, saying transactions at Men’s Wearhouse stores fell in November and stayed weak.Aflac Inc., up $2.85 to $45.75The insurer confirmed that it’s held talks with Japan Post Holdings about a possible minority investment.General Electric Co., up 49 cents to $7.20An analyst for JPMorgan Chase upgraded the struggling industrial company’s stock to “Neutral.”Delta Air Lines Inc., down $2.72 to $53.55The airline gave a 2019 profit forecast that fell short of Wall Street expectations.Kimberly-Clark Corp., up $4.48 to $118.40High-dividend stocks including household goods makers, utilities and real estate companies outperformed the rest of the market Thursday.Oxford Industries Inc., down $7.57 to $67.24The owner of brands including Tommy Bahama and Lilly Pulitzer had a weaker-than-expected third quarter.Macy’s Inc., down $1.04 to $30.80Department stores and other retailers slumped Thursday.The Associated Presslast_img read more

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