Senator Braun Announces Staff Mobile Office Hours for July 2019

first_imgU.S. Senator Mike Braun announced his staff mobile office hours in July to better assist Hoosiers.“I have been working hard on behalf of Hoosiers in D.C. to lower prescription drug prices, overhaul our healthcare system, and stop government overreach,” said Senator Mike Braun. “My staff will be holding mobile office hours around the state to better assist Hoosiers in these areas and other concerns.”– MOBILE OFFICE HOURS – Jasper Tuesday, July 23 at 10:00 AM to 12:00 PMJasper Mayor’s Office610 Main StreetJasper, INLoogootee Tuesday, July 30 at 10:00 AM to 12:00 PMLoogootee Mayor’s Office401 John F Kennedy AvenueLoogootee, INPrinceton Friday, July 12 at 4:00 PM to 8:00 PMToyota Event Center on the Fairgrounds709 N Embree StreetPrinceton, IN FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

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2 sent to hospital with ‘serious injuries’ following domestic dispute

first_imgThis is a developing story. Stay with 12 News for further updates. VESTAL (WBNG) — The Vestal Police Chief says two people were sent to the hospital following a domestic dispute on Rano Boulevard Saturday evening. 11:10 P.M. UPDATE: The Vestal Police Department could not comment on further information. They are in “serious” condition, he says. VESTAL (WBNG) — Multiple police departments are on Rano Boulevard in Vestal Saturday evening. According to a 12 News crew on the scene, Vestal and Johnson City police are at a residence. Two SWAT vehicles can also be seen. Police have blocked traffic at the intersection of Rano Boulevard and Cornell Avenue. The department says more details will be announced at a later date. Dispatchers are unable to tell 12 News what police are investigating. —–last_img read more

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U.S. Coast Guard Warns Northern Michiganders Use Caution During Outdoor Winter Activities

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisAfter enduring temperatures below zero, officials of the United States Coast Guard are warning Northern Michiganders of unstable ice conditions.Due to warming temperatures the coast guard is reminding everyone to use caution if you plan on participating in outdoor winter activities.Everyone should remember to have the correct information on the weather, wear proper clothing to prevent hypothermia, and use safety equipment before going out.Keeping a cell phone in case of an emergency is highly recommended.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Bay Athletic Club Preps for Fitness Inspired GalaNext Alpena Community College to Host a Number of Events for MLK Daylast_img read more

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Are RED Hubs the answer to sustainable rural development?

first_imgRural Eastern Cape could undergo economic regeneration as the province invests in new agriculture initiatives.President Zuma with Premier Masuelle and MEC Mlibo Qoboshiyane at the mealie fields. (Image: Elmond Jiyane,GCIS)Sulaiman PhilipUrbanisation seems inevitable in South Africa as people are drawn to opportunities in cities. The country is the most urbanised in southern Africa, with 64.8% of its 50 million people now living in urban areas.A lack of opportunities in rural areas has sped up the migration to large towns and cities. However, an initiative in the Eastern Cape is hoping to put an end to fertile agricultural land lying fallow and create sustainable rural economies.President Jacob Zuma pointed out at the opening of the newest Rural Enterprise Development Hub (RED Hub) project in late March 2017: “We want all our rural areas to have economic activities so that our people can have jobs and also be able to make a living from the land and from small businesses in rural areas.”President Zuma with Premier Masuelle and MEC Mlibo Qoboshiyane interacting with workers at the milling plant. (image: Elmond Jiyane, GCIS)The new R53-million maize mill outside the village of Dyifani is the focal point of development in what is the Mbizana RED Hub. The plant will process maize grown by local co-operatives for sale to the community or to be shipped to the shelves of national retail chains.It addresses rural poverty by drawing staff from the local villages and providing an income to more than a thousand co-op members. As the president pointed out, it is impractical for everyone to go to the cities to earn a living. “Our people must make a living from the land, and must also not go hungry when they can produce food from the land.”What are RED HubsThe Dyifani project is one of four RED Hub projects in the Eastern Cape designed to regenerate neglected rural economies. The others — located in Chris Hani, OR Tambo and Alfred Nzo municipalities — were funded by the Eastern Cape Rural Development Agency (ECRDA).The ECRDA has invested R190-million to build infrastructure in sorghum and maize growing regions in the province. Provincial investment in Emalahleni, Ncora, Mqanduli and Bizana covers the construction of silos, a milling plant, weigh bridge and farming equipment. By linking production to processing facilities and on to markets, the province expects that dormant assets, namely land, in rural communities will be turned into drivers of economic activity.Investment aims are to develop rural villages as the centre of mega farm operations by linking production, processing and marketing elements. Community produced crops are processed and traded through RED Hubs with income re-invested into the communities.Ongoing developmentMore important than the R25-million budgeted to help with development in the four RED Hubs, the province has harnessed the experience of Xolani Ndzaba, owner of Lethabo Milling. With his assistance the Bizana Mill, in operation for less than a month, has already won contracts to supply chains such as Boxer Supermarkets and Massmart, owners of the Makro and Game supermarket chains.Vusi Ngesi, general manager of the Bizana Mill, believes it has already changed the community for the better. “It has changed the lives of people because there are job opportunities and milling is here and they can get maize meal from our own area. What’s also very important is that people are being skilled in taking soil samples, analysing soil and determining the type of fertiliser to use to get a certain yield.”The Mbizana mill opening drew the attention of a typically rural audience. (Image: Elmond Jiyane, GCIS)The RED Hub model has proven to be one of the more successful poverty alleviation programmes in the Eastern Cape. Across the four projects, 30,000 hectares of land that would otherwise be lying fallow is now productive agricultural land producing maize and sorghum and benefitting communities through newly created opportunities.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

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Quality vs. Quantity: What Should You Record While Traveling?

first_imgDrone ItThe audience will want the scale and scope of your story. This is where you establish the space so that they can better understand where you are. You can capture the scope with either 2-5 wide-angle shots or by flying a drone (if you have one). I like getting my drone up and in the sky when I arrive at a location — to better understand the geography. I can scout out places to see and places to avoid, and above all else, I can get my wide establishing shots banged out.(Side note: check the laws of flying your drone before putting it up in the sky. In the last few years, many remote locations have begun putting up drone bans.)Close-UpsAfter you’ve taken some time to learn the location, go for a walk and absorb the surroundings. Figure out what makes it unique. Is there a river? Are there lots of rocks? Whatever qualities you discover, put them in a catalog of close-up shots to capture for your edit. For a short video, I like to gather 3-5 close-ups of each feature.Story While having selection footage is helpful, the key to great storytelling is about quality content, not quantity overload.For filmmakers, traveling can sometimes become a burden of B-roll overload. You want to be present and enjoy your trip, but also capture the shots you need for a dynamite edit. Personally, I’ve had my fair share of trigger-finger moments, where I’ve arrived at a stunning location and gone entirely overboard with capturing B-roll beauty of almost every single mountain, river, shrub, rock, and stick.The following tutorial will share some filmmaking secrets regarding what to capture when arriving at a new location. The word “story” gets tossed around among filmmakers. While I’ll agree that story is paramount to engaging an audience — and making your video worth watching — you don’t have to pull your hair out building a complex narrative. I like to use the reward method. What would be a reward for my audience? Is it a talk-to-the-camera moment about a resolution I’ve discovered? Is it a brief tutorial about something I found  on this journey? Or is it a reaction to the intense struggle of, let’s say, climbing a mountain?Rather than thinking of a story as good and evil, climax and conflict, drama and resolution, look at it as a message to your audience. If you don’t have access to actors or scripts, craft a micro-narrative that is structured with a journey and then a reward. The journey could be some B-roll shots of someone climbing up a mountain, and the reward could be seeing them summiting.Interested in the track we used to make this video?“Body Slam” by GyomLooking for more video production tutorials? Check these out.Editing Tips: Sorting Footage and Creating Quality TimelinesFrom The Wizard of Oz to Transformers: 100 Years of Color GradingCreative Uses for Bokeh Overlays + Free Prism Bokeh PackGetting Creative: Five Cool Video Edits that Genuinely WorkTips for Making High-Quality Small-Budget Video Tutorialslast_img read more

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Pehlu case: activists seek probe on police inaction

first_imgAfter Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot’s promise to file an appeal against the acquittals in the Pehlu Khan lynching case, civil rights groups in Rajasthan have urged the State government to register cases of criminal negligence against the police officials, including the Investigating Officers, whose “faulty investigation” had led to the court acquitting the six accused for lack of evidence.People’s Union for Civil Liberties – Rajasthan president Kavita Srivastava said the Home Department, besides filing an appeal in the High Court, should ensure a court-monitored reinvestigation and retrial in the case. “This judgement will only end up emboldening those who take law in their hands, like the so-called cow vigilantes, who will now carry out targeted attacks on Muslims with impunity,” said Prem Krishna Sharma, a High Court lawyer and PUCL member.last_img read more

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More group benefits with HALs enhanced GAP program

first_img Travelweek Group SEATTLE — Holland America Line has enhanced its Group Advantage Program (GAP) with new amenities to enhance onboard experiences.GAP now features 39 different amenities to choose from, plus four GAP Packages that cater to weddings, family reunions and culinary groups. GAP provides incentives tailored to each group program, while other groups earn amenity incentives based on GAP points established by the cruise destination, departure date and length.Here are some highlights:GAP PLUS: GAP Plus is a bonus offer that gives agents the chance to earn a 1% bonus commission and additional perks on hundreds of select sailings. Through the 2018 GAP Plus offer, agents can earn up to 17% commission in North America, one tour conductor for every 16th lower berth and a bottle of sparkling wine in each stateroom.CONNECTIONS: The line’s new Connections program also offers additional amenities and GAP points to small affinity groups.  For groups of 24 guests or fewer, this new group program offers a tour conductor ratio of 1:10 and two extra GAP points for each group.FAMILIES: For family reunion packages, when eight or more staterooms are booked, the group receives exclusive amenities in place of GAP points. These include a free upgrade for the head of the family, a within-stateroom category upgrade for all family members, a $50-value fountain soda card per stateroom, Pinnacle Grill lunch for all family members and a $50-value beverage card per stateroom.More news:  Marriott Int’l announces 5 new all-inclusive resorts in D.R. & MexicoWEDDINGS: Guests who say “I do” with Holland America Line and book their wedding group of eight or more staterooms receive a free upgrade for the wedding couple, a complimentary wedding cake for up to 16 guests, a Pinnacle Grill lunch per guest, chocolate-dipped strawberries per stateroom, a bottle of Prosecco sparkling wine per stateroom and a private one-hour winetasting per guest in lieu of GAP points.CULINARY: Culinary groups of 25 or more guests can book the “Private Wine and Cooking Demonstration” package and receive a private premium winetasting with the Cellar Master, a bon voyage bottle of sparkling wine in each stateroom and two one-hour demonstration sessions in America’s Test Kitchen with a Holland America Line-provided chef, all in lieu of GAP points. For culinary groups of 16 or more guests, the “Wine and Food Pairings with HAL Wines” entitles guests to a five-course premium dinner with five premium wine parings selected by the Cellar Master.OTHER AMENITIES:  The 2018 GAP amenities feature six new offerings: dining at Rudi’s Sel de Mer pop-up restaurant on select ships; a BLEND winemaking experience on Koningsdam; a lobster roll at Lobster Shack on Half Moon Cay, Holland America Line’s private island; a mixology class; the Wine Cellar No. 1 package with four bottles of wine per stateroom; and a 12-pack of bottled water per guest.More news:  Sunwing offers ultimate package deal ahead of YXU flights to SNU, PUJOther available 2018 GAP menu amenities include beverage cards; bon voyage sparkling wine in each stateroom; dinner at Pinnacle Grill, Tamarind and Canaletto; $25 or $50 Beverage Cards; an Internet package; sparkling wine and strawberries; deluxe canapés; a cocktail party with hot hors d’oeuvres; Fiesta Party with margaritas, mojitos and fiesta food; and even a Cruise with Purpose charity donation.On the land portion of Holland America Line’s Land+Sea Journeys in Alaska, GAP amenities include lunch aboard the McKinley Explorer railcar, a cocktail party in Denali, an entrance pass to Diamond Tooth Gerties in Dawson City and $25 in Denali Dollars.GAP points are based on a per-person value, and selections must be made 90 days prior to the cruise departure. Share More group benefits with HAL’s enhanced GAP program Tags: GAP, Holland America Linelast_img read more

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