Cultivating interest

first_imgThat was part of the motivation behind Friday’s visit to the farmers market, said Hoover kindergarten teacher Letty Mendoza, who coordinated the trip with fellow teachers Kathy Anderson and Catherine Miyagishima. The youngsters also just completed a unit on farms that included a field trip to a working farm in Ontario last week, Mendoza said. “In class, we are chicken farmers – we kept our eggs in an incubator and they hatched, and now we have chicks in our classroom,” Mendoza said. “And by bringing them to the farmer’s market, they get to see the produce that comes from a farm,” she added. “And we also thought it was a great way to involve the local community in our lesson.” With the help of the three teachers and more than a dozen parent volunteers, the children waded through the produce stands Friday morning, wondering whether they had enough money to buy a basket of plump, red strawberries as well as a small bag of kettle corn. “I liked how we got to buy stuff,” said kindergartner Maleah Ammada, 6. “The strawberries tasted wonderful, they were very sweet. And we got to pet a cute little puppy, too.” On their way to buy kettle corn from the “popcorn farmer,” one student gasped as he laid eyes on a food stand that had fresh pineapples on a table with huge glass jars of fruit juice. “Ms. Mendoza, look – there’s a Hawaiian farmer!” the boy said excitedly as he pointed at the pineapples. “Oh my goodness, a Hawaiian farmer,” Mendoza replied good-naturedly. “Wow, that is something, isn’t it?” (562) 698-0955 Ext. 3051160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WHITTIER – Local farmer Catherine Smith is very clear on the importance of children eating more fruits and vegetables – not only is it good for them, but it ensures the survival of farmers like herself for at least another generation. That’s why she was delighted Friday when a group of about 60 kindergartners from nearby Hoover Elementary School descended on her booth at the Uptown Whittier Certified Farmers’ Market, asking questions about her plants and taking time to pet her beloved puppy, Becky. “Without these kids, there is no farmer in the future,” said Smith, who grows herbs and vegetables on her Whittier farm. “Kids need to have little gardens of their own at school,” she added. “You’ve got to get them interested in this while they’re still young.” last_img read more

Crested Cranes humbled by Tanzania

first_imgThe Crested Cranes have now lost one game in this year’s CECAFA Championships (Photo by FUFA Media)CECAFA Women’s championship 2018Tanzania 4-1 UgandaStade de Kigali, RwandaMonday, 23-07-2018KIGALI – The Uganda Crested Cranes hopes of winning the CECAFA Women’s championship were dealt a huge blow on Monday afternoon as they lost 4-1 to their Tanzania counterparts.This was their third game at the championships after wins against Kenya and Ethiopia in their first two encounters.The Cranes fell behind early in the game when Tanzanian captain Asha Saada Rashid breached Ruth Aturo in Uganda’s goal for only the second time in the tournament.It was soon 2-0 to Tanzania, as the Kilimanjaro Queens struck again through Donisha Daniel Minja on 23 minutes.Saada Rashid made it 3-0 in first half added on time and clearly, there was no way back for Faridah Bulega’s charges who looked hapless.Shabani Hamzamusa added a fourth late in the second half and when Nankya Shadia struck in injury time, it was nothing but a consolation for Uganda.The Crested Cranes still seat on top of the five team log with six points from three games but will now be hoping to win their last game against hosts Rwanda on Wednesday afternoon and pray that Tanzania who have four points in two games, fail to win one of their final two games, for a chance to win their (Uganda) first CECAFA Women’s Championship.The Crested Cranes team that started against Tanzania:Ruth Aturo (GK), Esther Naluyimba, Shadia Nankya, Viola Namudu, Yudaya Nakayenze, Tracy Akiror (c), Juliet Nalukenge, Winnie Babirye, Grace Aluka, Lillian Mutuuzo and Spencer Nakacwa.The Crested Cranes Performance so far:-Thursday, 19-07-2018 Uganda 1-0 Kenya-Saturday, 21-07-2018 Ethiopia 1-2 Uganda-Monday, 23-07- 2018 Tanzania 4-1 UgandaThe Crested Cranes remaining fixture:-Wednesday, 25-07-2018 Uganda vs Rwanda @03:00pmComments Tags: CECAFA Women’s challenge cupcrested cranestoplast_img read more

European and American Politicians Attack Creationism

first_imgActions of political bodies on both sides of the Atlantic have revived questions about the roles of science, politics and religion in public discourse and policy.    The Council of Europe’s Parliamentary Assembly voted 48 to 25 to accept a resolution denouncing creationism and intelligent design, according to European Observer and Reuters.  The non-binding resolution strongly warned member states against perceived creationist attempts to “infiltrate” schools.  The strongly worded resolution warned that creationism could be a danger not only to science, but to human rights.  Some of the outrage was prompted by a Turkish Islamic group under the name Harun Yahya that had sent creationist materials to many schools throughout Europe (06/22/2007, 11/27/2006).  Last year also, a UK group called Truth in Science had distributed “information packs” with materials promoting intelligent design (see 01/11/2007 bullet 6, 12/08/2006 bullet 2, 10/27/2006, bullet 4, and 10/04/2006, bullet 11). A spokesperson for the vote said the purpose was not to fight any belief, but “to warn against the attempt to pass off a belief — creationism — as a science and to teach the theses of this belief in science classes.”  She dubbed intelligent design, which tries to avoid religious questions, as “neo-creationism.”  See the responses to this resolution by Albert Mohler and by Denyse O’Leary.    In America, presidential candidate Hillary Clinton sounded off about the issue of evolution.  After a speech about her science policy, she responded to questions from the New York Times in a phone interview.  Knowing that some Republican candidates had endorsed intelligent design, Clinton said the following, according to Patrick Healy and Cornelia Dean:“I believe in evolution, and I am shocked at some of the things that people in public life have been saying,” Mrs. Clinton said in the interview.  “I believe that our founders had faith in reason and they also had faith in God, and one of our gifts from God is the ability to reason.”    “I am grateful that I have the ability to look at dinosaur bones and draw my own conclusions,” she added, saying, too, that antibiotic-resistant bacteria is evidence that “evolution is going on as we speak.”Clinton characterized the Bush science policy as conducting a “war on science” and vowed to support research on embryonic stem cells and global warming.  She also previously said, “We have to be steered by values and morals.”Thank you, Hillary Clinton, for shooting materialism in the foot, and evolutionism with it.  If the ability to reason is a gift from God, then it did not evolve.  It means that truth, values and morals also did not evolve.  Materialism, therefore is dead.  Now the issue becomes using our God-given reason.  Come now, and let us reason together.    Ms. Clinton, have you ever studied philosophy of science?  Are you aware of the difficulties involved in using empirical observations as evidence for a theory?  Do you really think that antibiotic resistance in bacteria constitutes evidence that presidential candidates evolved from bacteria? (see response by Dr. Kevin Anderson in TrueOrigin).  Are you aware of the role of presuppositions in science?  Do you realize that creationists see the very same dinosaur bones you are looking at, and draw their own, very different, conclusions?  On what basis are you defending your right to say the evidence supports evolution instead of creation?  On what basis are you saying that creationists do not have the right to use their reason to come to their conclusions?  If creationists also use their God-given reason to examine the evidence and draw conclusions, on what basis do you call your conclusions scientific and their conclusions unscientific?  What is science?  Is it merely what those in power say it is?  You must be consistent, Ms. Clinton.  You already said reason is God-given.  This means it did not evolve.  You either have to agree with the creationists, then, or else display to the watching world that your reasoning powers are deficient or are driven by political ideology.    As for the Council of Europe, these people are a lost cause.  They are the same ones that give honors to the likes of Yasser Arafat while engaging in policies that will bring down Western civilization.  Europe is heading for a perfect storm, in which its citizens cannot and will not give up their creature comforts, and are too selfish to have children and raise families, so they import cheap labor from Islamic nations who will be more than happy to tip the population dynamics toward the East.  Muslim immigrants will be keen to “infiltrate” the political and social institutions till, through threats of terror and sheer force of numbers, they will make the “Council” of Europe an arm of Sharia Law.  Having already seen the terror their new neighbors can inflict, the dying Europeans are quick to denounce the one democracy in the middle east (Israel), but are scared spitless about offending Muslims.  So they gag with their cottonmouths against “creationists” who offend the priests of their idol, Charles Darwin.  It’s hard to respect anything these irresponsible heirs of Churchill have to say about anything while their heads are still attached to their necks.  They need medical care, not reason, because their feet are bleeding from self-inflicted bullet holes.    We’ve already unpacked some of the lies and distortions in their resolution (see 06/22/2007).  Here they are again, creating arbitrary demarcation criteria that no philosopher of science would defend, making bogeymen out of the heirs of Francis Bacon while welcoming anti-Western elements into their failing democracies.  So much for worrying about human rights.  It’s not the Islam of Harun Yahya they fear (they are laying out the welcome mat for that); it’s the evidence that Charlie might be a false god they cannot allow indoctrinated student eyes to see.  None of the creationist groups they worry are “infiltrating” schools were doing anything more than donating free material for consideration.  Presumably, any teacher can simply deposit the material in the circular file, and teach their usual curriculum with complete freedom.  That is not infiltration.  We all receive materials in the mail every day that we have to sort through using our God-given reason, to decide what things merit attention and what should be tossed.  That’s freedom of choice.  Infiltration is what the Darwinists pulled off (read the quote at the top right of last month’s page).    The Council of Europe totalitarians claim they are not against any “beliefs.”  OK, so let the Turks, the Hindus, the Mormons, and Truth in Science have their day in science court.  Since Darwinism has already been falsified (e.g., 10/19/2004, 12/30/2004, and 10/26/2005 among many examples in these pages), it’s time to evaluate alternatives.  Each group can restrict its theology to their church, temple or mosque, but should have the same right to employ their science, using their God-given reason, to evaluate the observations and draw conclusions.  If Darwin’s theory had been so strong, it would certainly have succeeded in the open marketplace of ideas without the heavily armored shielding its defenders have erected around it.  Now that it’s debunked, Europe had better choose which alternative is more preferable: dialogue with those who want to improve their heads vs dialog with those who want to remove their heads.  If the latter continue to make gains, a reasoned defense may not be enough; Europeans may need the physical defense of Western creationist science that can put out terrorist fires and provide medical aid (see 10/02/2007).    A little use of God-given reason in the head by Clinton and the Council of Europe would save their necks, let alone their bleeding feet.(Visited 11 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

WhatsApp takes SA mobile phones by storm

first_img21 February 2014More than half of South Africa’s urban adult mobile phone users are using instant messaging service WhatsApp, according to researchers World Wide Worx and Fuseware.Releasing an update of their South African Social Media Landscape 2014 report on Thursday, the researchers said a recent survey of adult cellphone users living in South Africa’s cities and towns indicated that at least 10.6-million urban adults were using WhatsApp.The release of the findings follow Wednesday’s announcement that the world’s biggest social media network, Facebook, is to acquire WhatsApp for US$19-billion as its seeks to consolidate its domination of both social media and instant messaging.Facebook still dominantAccording to the World Wide Worx/Fuseware survey, Facebook remains the dominant social network on local phones, with 45% – or 9-million South Africans – using it on their mobile devices at the end of 2013.“Total Facebook use in South Africa was at about 11-million at the end of 2013, putting it marginally ahead of WhatsApp – for now,” the researchers said.“Future expectations expressed by respondents indicate that WhatsApp will rise to 63% penetration in the next 12-18 months, while Facebook’s mobile penetration will rise more moderately, to 53%.”Mxit, BBM, Twitter, Google+The previous darling of the South African instant messaging market, Mxit, remains stable, and is used by 25% of adults, with the figure expected to rise to 29% in the next 12-18 months.BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) also continues to grow, the survey found, and is now used by 21% of adults, “with the figure potentially reaching 28% if BlackBerry is able to maintain its handset sales momentum in South Africa”.Twitter has reached 20% of the adult market, with expectations of it rising to 30% in the next 12 to 18 months.“The dark horse is Google+, which was shown last year to have low usage in terms of users posting content – fewer than half-a-million users had done so – but has an exceptionally high user base: 32% of adults say they use it on their phones. However, many respondents confuse the Google search app with the Google+ social networking app.”Two up-and-coming social apps also appear in the survey: Cape Town-based 2Go now has 8% penetration, expected to rise to 14%, while Chinese service WeChat, launched in South Africa in mid-2013, has reached 5% of the market, and is expected to rise to 13%.Strong urban-rural divideAccording to the researchers, the social and instant messaging market is characterised by a strong urban-rural divide, with WhatsApp used by 61% of urban dwellers, compared to 37% outside urban areas. The survey did not include “deep rural” users living outside cities and towns.Age is also a major differentiator, especially among Facebook and Mxit users. Facebook has 58% penetration among under-25s, 45% among those aged 26-45, and 25% among the over-45s. Mxit penetration drops dramatically through the age groups, from 43% to 21% to only 8%.“WhatsApp is more spread out, with 58% and 56% penetration, respectively, among the under-25s and 26-45s,” the researchers said. “It drops to 38% among over-45s. For both Facebook and WhatsApp, penetration among over-45s is now higher than overall penetration had been a year previously.”SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

R2.7-billion youth fund launched

first_img18 August 2014 The National Youth Development Agency, Industrial Development Corporation and Small Enterprise Finance Agency have launched a R2.7-billion Youth Fund aimed at creating millions of sustainable jobs in the country. The launch, which took place at Langa township in Cape Town on Friday, follows the signing last year of the Youth Employment Accord, committing the government and its social partners to prioritising youth employment and skills development. The Small Enterprise Finance Agency (Sefa) has set aside R1.7-billion for the fund, with the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) contributing the remaining R1-billion. The National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) will screen and recommend young entrepreneurs put forward by the IDC and Sefa. NYDA CEO Khathutshelo Ramukumba, speaking at Friday’s launch, said the fund would help break the chains of poverty by giving young South Africans the chance to participate in the economy. Ramukumba urged young people to aim higher and apply for funding in the productive sector of the economy in order to amass enough wealth to generate large-scale jobs. “We want more young people to enter the space of manufacturing because we want these young people to be the industrialists of tomorrow,” he said. “If you look at the reason why our economy today is not able to provide the necessary jobs that are required to take the majority of our people out of the poverty situation, it is because we have not created new industries in the main.” Sefa CEO Thakhani Makhuvha said that, unlike commercial banks, Sefa agency was a developmental institution that did not require collateral to grant an applicant finance. It offers funding of between R500 to R5-million to proposals that can demonstrate a sustainable business model. Makhuvha said even those who had debt from study loans were welcome to apply for funding, as the agency never shut its doors on high-risk customers. However, applications from those with adverse and reckless credit records would be closely scrutinised. “We can give you a maximum of 12 months to start paying [the loan back]. You don’t have to have collateral, you just have to demonstrate that your business can project sustainability.” Makhuvha said Sefa had studied the models of agencies from other countries that offered development support to small businesses, including Brazil’s successful business agency Sebrae. Recent reports indicate that the small and medium enterprises sector generates over half of all jobs in the country, while also accounting for about 70% of all new jobs. Source: read more

FCPX Tip: Cut Editing Time by Showing Only Unused Media

first_imgThis rarely used feature in FCPX will help significantly reduce your editing time on projects with heavy amounts of b-roll.Final Cut Pro X is an extremely fast editing system, especially for those willing to adapt to its unique structure and format. But there are many features within FCPX that even the most proficient users aren’t utilizing as often as they should be. One function in particular is FCPX’s ability to show only unused clips when browsing your media.On the events panel, you can filter the media that you’ve imported based on a variety of options, such as All Clips, Hide Rejected, Favorites, and so on. On that menu you’ll also find the Unused option, which of course only shows you media that hasn’t already been used in your project.This FCPX feature is very powerful, especially considering the fact that it allows you to not only filter full clips that haven’t been used, but even portions of clips. So for instance, if you have a ten minute clip and have only used the first two minutes of it in your edit, the remaining eight minutes of the clip will still show up when filtering the Unused media.Projects that deal with a lot of b-roll (documentaries, reality shows, etc.) can benefit greatly from this function, as it can save hours of time over the course of an edit. It’s not uncommon to spend more time digging through clips looking for the right shot, than actually editing the creative aspects of your project. This small yet powerful function in FCPX not only speeds up your process, but it also virtually eliminates the possibility of using a clip twice in your edit accidentally.The video below from Larry Jordan touches on this function in some detail, and also showcases some other similarly powerful functions:Got any cool FCPX tips you can share with the community? Let us know in the comments below!last_img read more

Production Tips: The Four Secrets of a Successful Documentary

first_imgLooking for more filmmaking tips and tricks? Check out these articles.Video Tutorial: Determining The Best Lens for Your ProjectThe Best Quotes from Directors, Editors, and Everything in BetweenIndustry Insights: The Ins and Outs of Working as a Script SupervisorTutorial: Removing Audio Pops and Recording Audio Differently11 YouTube Channels Every Filmmaker Should Follow in 2019 A good documentary must tell a powerful story. Here are four tips to keep you on track, especially when the going gets tough.A few months ago, my short documentary “Blinders” took home the Canada of Excellence award at 2018’s BufferFestival in Toronto, Ontario.The focus of my film was to shine a light on a voiceless community — the homeless.In less than 72 hours, my family and I organized a gourmet dinner for 12 strangers living on the streets. We provided dinner in exchange for the guests’ stories. My family’s goal was to eliminate ignorance and open lines of communications with those who live on the streets.When crafting the film, I used a four-step formula to create a dynamic story on set and in post-production. This formula is now one I use on nearly every documentary, vlog, or narrative piece I create.1. Easy Is BoringIf it’s easy or comfortable, you’re probably not capturing anything compelling. 
When you’re working on a documentary project, the greatest moments come from difficulty. If someone is struggling, chances are there’s a message in their experience. Remember, the best stories come with lessons, and the most effective lessons stem from someone or something overcoming an obstacle. In our documentary “Blinders,” the best moments on camera were by far the hardest ones to capture. There’s a scene when I almost give up on the entire event because no one shows up. I was defeated and depressed, and I wanted to turn the whole project around; this is my favorite part of the film. In a matter of moments, I was able to solve a few problems and turn the event around.Capturing difficult moments like this can not only provide an on-screen lesson but also a narrative victory. Your audience gains no emotional connection from events with only surface-level expression. If you can capture their emotions with a real struggle and pair it with a victory or a lesson, you have a much more effective film.Your story lives in the uncomfortable, so find it. If you’re in an easy location, go to the most challenging area. Think of it as summiting a mountain and documenting the assent. The destination isn’t as interesting as the struggle to get there. If you document the struggle, the victory will seem much more rewarding for the audience.(Quick tip: If someone is struggling, give them space. Don’t film people just for the sake of getting the shot. Be sure to get their permission before rolling. The last thing you want is someone to be upset or disingenuous because there’s a camera in their face.)2. The Beginning and the EndingInstead of relying on your editor to assemble a story from piles of footage, think ahead. As you’re capturing the scene, begin to daisy-chain a narrative together. Think about establishing shots, wides, introductions, etc. I always think of the beginning and the ending because no matter what, the middle is inevitable — it will simply fill itself in. When entering a situation, moment, or location ask yourself “How does this scene start, and how does it end?” Implement a dash conflict on-top of that, and now you’re cooking!3. Interviews Will Save the DayDialogue in documentaries is a lifesaver when it comes to constructing a story. While editing my films, I love to have a supply of interviews, even if I don’t use them. This is because it helps establish what the story is actually about without getting lost in B-roll or cinematic sequences.When I was working on “Blinders,” I used interviews and vlog-style monologues to keep the story on track. You don’t always need dialogue, but it’s something that can absolutely save your story. Show don’t tell — unless showing doesn’t do the story justice.4. Emotion Before Motion
Repeat this in your head. Make it a mantra. Tattoo it on your face. Emotion before motion is the secret to getting a better story. As a shooter, it’s very easy to get caught up in cinematic sequences and long camera setups to capture the most beautiful shot. This does nothing to the story if there’s no emotion behind what you’re capturing. Think of what sequence of shots captures the greatest feeling on screen and follow that.last_img read more

Battle for survival

first_imgHontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Garcia echoed his star player’s remarks, adding that Magnolia’s recent victory that leveled the series does not afford the Hotshots any sort of advantage. It was just that: A win.“It’s nothing like they gained any momentum,” Garcia said. “They just tied it. It’s not like exhaustion is catching up to us this time around. For me, while the way we finished the game is a positive thing, we still lost.”The pair is hoping that they’re able up the ante in the next meeting.“It’s going to be about the survival of the fittest,” Garcia said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next James Yap. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netOf course, Rain or Shine coach Caloy Garcia was disappointed after letting a golden chance on Monday slip away.But he feels that he learned something from losing Game 4 of their PBA Philippine Cup semifinal series with Magnolia, and vows to use that knowledge to the fullest when they break a 2-2 standoff at 7 Wednesday night at Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Tigers push series back home for KO match “From the start of the game, they were very physical,” Garcia said. “I just told the players at halftime (of Game 4) that we just have to man up.”Missed opportunityFEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsThe Elasto Painters trailed big early and came out a different team for the last two periods that night, getting back in the fight only to bungle a golden chance to forge overtime when James Yap barely missed a triple at the buzzer of a 94-91 loss.For Garcia, matching Magnolia’s take-no-prisoners ruggedness in the final frame was the very reason why they were able to move within a point in the final four seconds. Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anewcenter_img Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte LATEST STORIES MOST READ Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “Going into Game 5, we have to be more physical. When we were in the second half, that’s when we were able to come back,” he added.Breakthrough performanceThe Elasto Painters clawed themselves out of a 21-point hole and nearly sent the game into overtime, mostly thanks to Yap’s breakthrough scoring performance in the series.“They knotted the series,” the decorated veteran Yap said in Filipino. “It’s now going to boil down into a best-of-three. The next game is going to be our Game 1 and I’m sure my teammates and I are on the same page.”“It’s going to be crucial for both teams,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more