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OPD, ECSO receive $85,000 each from Bustin for Badges

first_img Bustin for Badges check The Odessa Police Department received a $85,000 check Tuesday afternoon raised from the Bustin for Badges Clay Shoot event last month.Bustin for Badges raised $340,000 in total, evenly split between OPD, Ector County Sheriff’s Office, Midland Police Department and Midland County Sheriff’s Office.An OPD news release stated the money will be used for the OPD Bomb Squad Unit to upgrade its equipment to be more efficient in the safest possible way.Sheriff Mike Griffis said ECSO’s $85,000 portion of the funds raised would probably be used for more ballistic vests and new equipment and technology for their SWAT division. Pinterest Twitter Previous articleCounty considering employee raisesNext articleOPD investigating Target thefts admin Twitter Pinterest Local NewsCrime Facebook Facebook By admin – May 22, 2018 WhatsApp WhatsApp OPD, ECSO receive $85,000 each from Bustin for Badgeslast_img read more

Watch Thundercat And Former Mars Volta Drummer, Thomas Pridgen, Tear It Up Live

first_imgLast week, Thundercat, the Los Angeles-based renaissance man known for his work as a producer, bassist, and singer, hit The Independent in San Francisco on the day before Valentine’s Day.  During the show, Thundercat (aka Stephen Bruner) invited former Mars Volta drummer, Thomas Pridgen, to the stage to join them and add his unreal beats to the mix. It is needless to say that Thundercat and Thomas Pridgen together are a dream, and they lay it down for this exquisite live rendition of “Lotus and the Jondy.” You can check out video of the sit-in below, courtesy of Jason Partin.last_img read more

USC Libraries archive personal accounts during pandemic

first_imgAndy Rutkowski found himself on a deserted campus right before spring break. With classes temporarily moving online, students who would usually be studying for midterms in Doheny Memorial Library’s ornate halls and lugging their bags across campus, getting ready to leave for spring break, were nowhere to be seen. As Rutkowski, a visualization librarian, continued to visit the empty library with a few of his colleagues, he reflected upon the new normal; when USC transitioned online for the rest of the semester, he thought of the idea to create a space where the University community could come together to share their stories.  To promote the project, Suzanne Noruschat, Southern California studies specialist at USC Libraries who collected submissions from the L.A. and South Central communities, said the team advertised the project through social media and the electronic mailing lists of organizations like L.A. as Subject, a research alliance that preserves and improves access to archival material of L.A.’s history. Rutkowski also reached out to students in an undergraduate writing course, introducing the project as an opportunity to reflect on the semester and share their personal stories with the USC community.  “It’s become a common [phrase] for people to say ‘We’re all in this pandemic together’ — which, in some respect, is true. It is a global event,” McHarg said. “On the other hand, we’re not all experiencing it the same way, and it’s important to make sure that as an institution … we are collecting as diverse and inclusive set of stories as we can.” “When the pandemic started to arise and we started to feel the effects of this, people were asking ‘Has USC gone through something like this before?’” said Claude Zachary, a University archivist who helped jumpstart the project. “I realized the event that we’re going through is a once-in-a-lifetime — once-in-a-century-type situation, and it’s really important to try and document as best I can the effect that this has had on our community.” “It’s been really reassuring to hear other people tell stories that are similar to mine so that I know that I’m not really the only one experiencing things the way that I’m experiencing,” Shoaf said. “Also to recognize that many more people have it more difficult than I do and I’m actually in a very lucky situation.” Initially, the project focused on collecting USC voices, but it expanded to preserve stories of the broader L.A. and Southern California area, with the city playing a significant role in the University’s history.  Wayne Shoaf, a metadata and digital librarian working on the #StayatHome project, decided to submit a letter he had written to his 98-year-old father — a personal piece about his life during the early stages of the pandemic. Through the letter, Shoaf wanted to tell his father the changes California’s stay-at-home period had on his daily routine working from home. He included a story about his experience visiting a grocery store where he and his wife were carded for their age before getting early access as citizens older than 65 years old. Participants are able to submit material via an online form, in person or through mail as journals, blogs, photos, videos, social media posts and audio files. Submissions can also be in other languages, with the team currently working on translating the form into Spanish. The submission form also provides a list of suggested prompts for both the USC and L.A. communities for what their material can include such as “How has your campus involvement changed?” and “How do you keep in touch with friends and family?” “The idea is to create a real rich body of documentation that illuminates people’s experience during this era of stay-at-home,” Zachary said. “A body of documentation that people could look at and come back to and reflect upon and hopefully help historians in the future have really firsthand experiences, [to] build an accurate and rich history.” “The campus is usually abuzz right before spring break … all of a sudden it just switched to emptying out and being so quiet and it felt like a time to reflect, and it felt like a time to gather some thoughts and start sharing them,” Rutkowski said.  Shoaf also said reading about other people’s experiences working from home and the negative impacts on their life, such as financial issues, helped him realize his own privilege and think about the different ways people were affected by the pandemic. “Given the deep connections between the University and the city and the community, [their stories were] something that we didn’t want to leave out,” said Hugh McHarg, associate dean for strategic initiatives, who helped coordinate across library units to keep library priorities like regional history in mind. “If we had the capacity to preserve some of [these] stories to add to the history of the University and complement the history of our current experiences as a campus, we didn’t want to leave [them] out.” “My basic idea in writing the letter to my father was that, first of all, he’s quite old,” Shoaf said. “He’s not as sharp as he used to be and I’m not real sure how much he really understands what’s going on around him, so I needed to put things into terms that he could sort of understand.”center_img Noruschat said that along with collecting historical material, libraries were becoming more interested in documenting people’s personal accounts of life-changing events that would be of interest to researchers in the future. A previous project conducted by Special Collections had highlighted other significant events, such as the first L.A. Women’s March in 2017 — an event which has been documented each year via submissions of signs and clothing items from those who attend.  Arielle Chen | Daily Trojan Documenting his experience also helped Shoaf come up with the framework of questions people might be uncomfortable answering in their submissions and created the suggested prompts list. An anonymous feature was also added to allow people to share personal stories without having to identify themselves.   Rutkowski, along with his colleagues in Special Collections and University Archives, launched the #StayAtHome project in early April to gather the experiences of the USC and South Central communities as they adapted to remote working and staying indoors during the pandemic.  Participants also have the option to provide their general location to contribute to a virtual map — an idea spearheaded by Rutkowski after previously working on a mapping system as part of a microseminar and wanting to show the diverse range of places USC students were working from after returning home.    Wang also said the project will allow the University administration to hear student voices and understand how they are dealing with online classes in order to create improvements and better resources in preparation of a potential future crisis. “This is a way to document history as it’s happening and to document it directly from the voices of people who are experiencing it,” Noruschat said. “I’m hoping that these materials will provide interesting and very vital and important documentation that [USC students, faculty and researchers] can access to discover and grapple with ‘What was this event? What and how were people experiencing this event?’ It could lead, in classrooms, for instance, to all kinds of interesting engagements with these materials.” After Rutkowski introduced the #StayatHome project to her writing class, Qufei Wang decided to submit her experience as a graduating senior who was unable to say goodbye to her friends. In her submission, Wang also described the uncertainty and worry she faced with family back in China as coronavirus cases began to escalate in L.A., leading her to cancel her spring break travel plans to Hawaii. Shoaf said recent events and protests for Black Lives Matter had also prompted a discussion among the librarians to create another project to document protest stories, but nothing has been decided upon officially at the time of publication.  As community members continue to submit materials to the project, Zachary said the library would keep documenting stories to provide a collection of diverse experiences during the crisis as long as the pandemic continues affecting people’s lives.  “It’s good to know that there’s a way to record what people are going through,” Wang said. “You’re able to see the thoughts … [of] people who might share the same experience, who might resonate with you, [who] can also see what you experienced, what you would do.” last_img read more

Beat writers see one clear winner for Syracuse-N.C. State

first_imgPaul Schwedelson (14-8)One–man wolfpackSyracuse 72, N.C. State 69The key for Syracuse is stopping Dennis Smith Jr. He’s right up there with the best freshmen in the country and scored 32 at Duke a week ago. When he’s on the court, 29.3 percent of N.C. State’s possessions end with a Smith make, miss that lands in the opposition’s hands or a turnover, per Kenpom.com. That percentage ranks 70th in the nation and third in the ACC. If the Orange can stop him, it could be in for a treat. And in conference games against non-Top 25 opponents, SU is 5-2. It’s about time SU cracks through away from the Dome. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Matt Schneidman (10-12)First time for everythingSyracuse 75, N.C. State 70The Orange hasn’t won on the road yet this season, and freshman stud Dennis Smith Jr. will try to keep that trend going when Syracuse comes to town on Wednesday night. The possible No. 1 NBA Draft pick averages 18.3 points, 6.5 assists, 4.4 rebounds and 2.2 steals per game and Syracuse probably won’t have anyone who can completely take him out of the game. But somehow, a combination of John Gillon, Frank Howard and Tyus Battle does just enough and Syracuse gets its elusive first win away from the Carrier Dome to stretch is winning streak to three games. Published on February 1, 2017 at 12:17 am Coming off its biggest win of the season against then-No. 6 Florida State, Syracuse (13-9, 5-4 Atlantic Coast) travels to take on North Carolina State (14-8, 3-6) at 7 p.m. on Wednesday. The Wolfpack is coming off a 25-point point loss to then-No. 13 Louisville.Here’s what The Daily Orange beat writers think will happen against N.C. State.Connor Grossman (13-9)On the prowlSyracuse 79, N.C. State 70AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSyracuse has offered zero evidence this season that it’s going to win a game away from the Carrier Dome. The odds will be against SU doing it until the Orange actually does it. So what does Syracuse have going for it? A win over then-No. 6 Florida State doesn’t hurt momentum. But SU’s defense played as well in the first half of that game as it has all season. Jim Boeheim said on Monday he thinks the Orange has cured the widespread problems that plagued it on the road this season. Will it be enough against N.C. State and stud freshman Dennis Smith Jr.? Boeheim doesn’t know, but I do: Syracuse claims its first road victory of the season on Wednesday night.last_img read more


first_imgIS MISS SOUTHERN MISS KEITH’S ‘GIANT KILLER’ ?CHAMPIONS STELLAR WIND AND DREFONG WORKMIDNIGHT STORM TO BREEZE SUNDAY FOR BIG ‘CAP JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won J. Keith Desormeaux1972437%68%$406,275 Mark Glatt3776519%49%$258,020 Flavien Prat10124111824%52%$1,358,517 Martin Pedroza57791012%46%$281,668 Rafael Bejarano8314121617%51%$813,568 Luis Contreras62781811%53%$352,744 Norberto Arroyo, Jr.6495414%28%$458,830 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS Tiago Pereira4765513%34%$185,190 Stewart Elliott72871411%40%$351,130 Bob Baffert2953517%45%$411,316 MISS SOUTHERN MISS VS. LAS VIRGENES TOUGHIESMiss Southern Miss tackles a champion and a potential champion Sunday in the Grade II Las Virgenes Stakes for three-year-old fillies at one mile, but her trainer, Keith Desormeaux, has been known to light up the tote board with a longshot winner now and then.He sends out Miss Southern Miss against 2016 two-year-old filly Eclipse Award winner Champagne Room and Unique Bella, handy winner of her last two starts by a combined 17 ¾ lengths, including a 7 ½-length romp in the Grade II Santa Ynez Stakes on Jan. 8.Miss Southern Miss, owned by Peter Cantrell, has not raced since last Oct. 10, when she won the restricted Surfer Girl Stakes at one mile on turf at Santa Anita. She was second to Champagne Room in the Grade II Sorrento at 6 ½ furlongs on dirt last August at Del Mar.Miss Southern Miss does, however, have two bullet works for the Las Virgenes.“We didn’t have many options on dirt,” Desormeaux explained, “and she’s shown some class on the dirt before. There were other subtleties into the decision. She’s a very aggressive horse and I prefer to start her out routing instead of sprinting in the Sweet Life (Stakes at about 6 ½ furlongs on turf Feb. 12), just to keep her settled.“It’s a tough race but we’re optimistic.”Anyone who doubts Keith’s prowess with an eye for an underdog need only look at Sorry Erik’s victory in Thursday’s seventh race.Claimed after a five-length victory for $20,000 on Jan. 6, Sorry Erik came back to win for $75,000 at 6-1, leaving in his wake by two lengths 2-5 favorite Conquest Farenheit, a $735,000 Keeneland Sales purchase.The Las Virgenes, race six of eight: Mopotism, Flavien Prat 6-1; Champagne Room, Mario Gutierrez, 5-2; Mistressofthenight, Corey Nakatani, 15-1; Unique Bella, Mike Smith, 3-5; and Miss Southern Miss, Kent Desormeaux, 6-1. Mike Smith2261527%55%$614,220 TrainerMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Kent Desormeaux671410721%46%$915,443 Richard Baltas631112917%51%$598,508 Tyler Baze1042121820%48%$928,277 Peter Eurton2573128%44%$335,824 Doug O’Neill708151111%49%$650,603 Peter Miller461213626%67%$684,510 John Sadler2556720%72%$289,024 Jockey Standings FINISH LINES: Midnight Storm, a graded stakes winner on dirt and turf for trainer Phil D’Amato, is scheduled to work at 7:45 Sunday morning in preparation for the Grade I, $750,000 Santa Anita Handicap on March 11 . . . Trainer Ian Kruljac says he is weighing three races for 2016 Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint champion Finest City‘s next start: the Grade III Las Flores Stakes at six furlongs March 5; the Grade II Santa Ana Stakes at 1 1/8 miles on turf March 12; and the Grade I Santa Margarita Stakes at 1 1/8 miles on dirt March 18 . . . Apprentice Chad Lindsay loses his ‘bug’ Sunday and will ride as a full-fledged journeyman starting next Thursday . . . Multiple graded stakes winner Om, runner-up by a nose to Obviously in the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint, has been turned out at Oakmont Farm in Murrieta. “He just wasn’t doing well in the mud, so I gave him another couple months off,” trainer Dan Hendricks said. “We’ll bring him back fresh and ready this summer.” . . . Actor Daniel Franzese will present a trophy to the winning connections of the Palos Verdes Stakes, today’s third race. Franzese has appeared in more than 14 films, including Bully, Party Monster, Mean Girls, Bristol Boys and War of the Worlds (2) . . .  Tomorrow, the day of The Big Game, live racing at Santa Anita begins at 11 a.m., allowing fans to watch three-point favorite New England against Atlanta at Sirona’s Sports Bar after the races or to be home in time for the start at 3:30 p.m. Sirona’s will offer $5 drink specials all day. General admission to the track Sunday is only one dollar. STELLAR WIND, DREFONG WORK FOR RETURNThree-year-old filly champion of 2015 Stellar Wind had her first recorded workout since finishing fourth behind multiple champions Beholder and Songbird in the Breeders’ Cup Distaff last Nov. 4 at Santa Anita, going three furlongs on Santa Anita’s fast main track Saturday in 36.80 under exercise rider Jose Contreras at 7:45 a.m. for trainer John Sadler with co-owner Kosta Hronis on hand.Also working Saturday was Breeders’ Cup Sprint champion and Eclipse Award-winning sprinter Drefong, who went four furlongs under Martin Garcia in 50 flat for the $2 million Golden Shaheen in Dubai March 25.Trainer Bob Baffert termed the move “just maintenance.” Santiago Gonzalez5578613%38%$304,901 (Current Through Friday, Feb. 3) Gary Sherlock2353222%43%$135,110 William Spawr1670244%56%$181,551 Joseph Talamo65751111%35%$256,870 Jerry Hollendorfer601181118%50%$924,904 Philip D’Amato3694625%53%$595,975last_img read more

Protea Hotels extends Africa footprint

first_img4 April 2013 South Africa’s Protea Hospitality Group has signed an agreement that will see it continue its west African expansion through the opening of a hotel in Takoradi in southwest Ghana. The agreement was signed in March, and brings the group’s tally to nine countries on the continent in which hotels are operating. It also brings the portfolio value of the company to over US$100-million. The Protea Hotel Select Takoradi is expected to open in the southwestern coastal city in early 2014. “West Africa is booming,” Protea Hospitality Group CEO, Arthur Gillis, said in a statement. “Ghana’s economic growth is predicted to be greater than 7% in 2013, which is nothing short of miraculous in the current global climate, and Nigeria isn’t far behind. “Working with our local partners, I know this hotel is just the first of many that we will be developing in Ghana, a country that welcomes companies bringing specialist African expertise and brand stability into its economy,” he said. The new 130-room hotel will become one of six hotels currently under construction in other African countries. There are two properties in Nigeria and one each in Zambia, Uganda and South Africa in addition to the Takoradi property. “Our aim is to ultimately grow with Ghana and Nigeria, to become stronger with these countries as we work alongside local hospitality investors to stimulate the economy and provide the best possible service to domestic and international business and leisure travellers,” Gillis said. East Africa is also presenting numerous hospitality opportunities, particularly Zambia and Uganda. “A number of countries in east Africa are also showing significant growth, despite troubled regions like Somalia and Sudan,” he said. “Uganda is one of those countries with a predicted growth rate of around 5% this year, and our hotel development there underpins our belief in its political stability and growing economy. The group’s 30-year history operating in Africa and network of partners will assist in achieving its expansion plans, according to Gillis. “Partnerships are key to making it work in Africa, as is growing a brand that is trusted to be by Africans for Africans.” SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Pirates, Esperance draw in Soweto

first_imgSubstitute Mpho Makola found the mark with a free kick five minutes from time, but Moaz Ben Cherifa in the Tunisians’ goal was perfectly placed to catch the ball. Orlando Pirates played to a goalless draw against Esperance, the winners of Africa’s 2011 Champions League and the runners-up in 2010 and 2012, in the first leg of the Caf Champions League semi-finals at Orlando Stadium in Soweto on Saturday. The Blood and Gold’s Joseph N’djeng-N’djeng came close early on after finding some space, but fired off target. He was then denied by Buccaneers’ Senzo Meyiwa, who rose to the challenge when the striker was put through in a one-on-one with the goalkeeper. “Esperance might now have the advantage of playing at home, but they will do so with the knowledge that a 1-1 or 2-2 draw or any other drawn game with goals scored will result in their elimination from the tournament,” De Sa said. Penalty appealManyisa let fly from distance but his compass was off. Shortly after that the home team had a penalty appeal turned down after Tlou Segolela, on for Myeni, crossed and an Esperance defender appeared to handle the ball. While it wasn’t a home win, Buccaneers’ coach Roger De Sa suggested after the game that it wasn’t a bad result for his club. “Naturally a win would have been a better result, but my main priority from this match was not to concede a goal,” he explained. With 10 minutes to go to the break, Oupa Manyisa and Daine Klate broke down the left flank before Klate crossed for Sifiso Myeni, but the winger’s header was far off the mark. “This enables us to go to Tunisia for the second leg in two weeks’ time with a fighting chance of reaching the final in view of the away goal rule applying when two teams finish on level terms.center_img In the second half, the Buccaneers made their home ground advantage tell. Esperance made it easier for the three-time PSL champions to take charge by adopting a defensive mind-set, but that also made it more difficult for Pirates to create meaningful chances. 7 October 2013 Return leg permutations The Tunisians booked their place in the final four by finishing top of Group B with five wins and a single defeat in their six matches and they showed their experience and their confidence by taking the game to Pirates away from home in the early going. Showed their maturityPirates showed their maturity by weathering the early pressure and began to control possession and dictate play. Lennox Bacela narrowly missed getting onto the end of a cross from Segolela near the end of the game, with the ball passing across the face of goal, while Thabo Matlaba’s powerful attempt at a late winner was stopped by the Esperance goalie.last_img read more

Use plot data to make good decisions

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest As harvest continues across the Eastern Corn Belt, seed companies, universities, and growers will have the chance to compile and analyze data from yield testing. One of the most important decisions a farmer will face all year is deciding what variety to plant and in which field to plant it. To ensure that the best possible decision is made next spring, it is critical to spend some time looking at yield data. While reviewing data is critical, knowing how to determine whether it is accurate and useful is equally important. Below are some tips for using data to make sound planting decisions next spring.Look for replicated dataDon’t rely on yield results from one strip plot on a farm or from a single plot location. Look for data from randomized tests that are repeated multiple times and across multiple locations. Replications in testing increase the reliability of the data.For strip plot data, was a “tester” used?Strip plots planted on farms can cover large areas of a field. In many fields in the Eastern Corn Belt there are several soil types. If a plot crosses several soil types how can you be sure it is accurate? By planting a “tester” variety between each entry in the plot, you can calculate adjusted yields based on the variability of the tester yield across the plot. This ensures more accurate data.Look for consistencyAccording to Bob Nielsen, Purdue Extension Agronomist, “Documented consistency in yield performance is still the key to success in selecting hybrids that will perform well in your farming operation.” When choosing a variety based on plot data, it is important to look for consistent performance — across several plot locations and between multiple years. Choose varieties that consistently performed well across multiple years, in several locations, and different growing conditions.Statistical significanceOn published plot data look for foot notes that indicate the least statistically significant yield difference, or LSD. In many plots, the performance of the top five or 10 varieties may not be statistically different. Although there are small differences in yield, statistical analysis of the data indicates that all varieties within the LSD have an equal chance of winning the plot.While plot data can be very useful in making decisions, some plot data is significantly more accurate and reliable. The key to getting the most out of yield data is having the ability to sort through the large amounts of information to identify the data that most accurately and reliably represents crop performance.last_img read more

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21 days agoBarcelona chief Abidal had scout watch one player for Man City defeat of Dinamo Zagreb

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Barcelona chief Abidal had scout watch one player for Man City defeat of Dinamo Zagrebby Carlos Volcano21 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona sports chief Eric Abidal had a high level scout posted to Manchester City’s Champions League win at Dinamo Zagreb.Mundo Deportivo says Abidal had Goran Vusevic attend the tie with one player in his notebook.Vusevic was there to watch the 22-year-old Amer Gojak. The midfielder, who came into play for the last 30 minutes of the match, also is attracting the interest of the likes of Schalke 04, Bayer Leverkusen and West Ham. Gojak is tied to Dinamo to 2022. last_img read more

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