Red Bluff >> Spartan Stadium will be a very quiet place this year. Red Bluff Joint Unified High School District officials this week decided to shutdown the football and soccer field at the school after the synthetic field surface failed a number of safety measures. The latest test through GMAX occurred on July 25, Superintendent Todd Brose said. The results failed on 9 out of 10 spots on the field, which is a significant deterioration from two years ago when Brose said 1 out of 10 areas …
Red Bluff >> In the annual battle with its southern Tehama County neighbors, the Red Bluff girls volleyball team maintained its early-season dominance at the net with a match-high 18 blocks — 15 through the first two sets — to overpower lower division Corning in straight sets, 25-17, 25-18, 25-23, and capture a non-league match Wednesday night in Red Bluff. Senior middle Aurora Carnes finished with five kills and eight blocks, while junior Carissa Twitchell and senior Logan Wheeler each …
5 April 2006A strong economy, high consumer and business confidence, low interest rates and increased affordability boosted new vehicle sales in South Africa to an all-time record high in March 2006, according to the National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of SA (Naamsa).The association announced on Tuesday that a total of 56 341 new vehicles were sold in the month, up 29.1% on the 43 635 units sold in March 2005.New car sales easily surpassed all previous monthly sales records, up 30.9% on the same period last year and 15.8% higher than in February 2006. Sales for the first quarter of this year exceeded those in the 2005 first quarter by an impressive 21.3%.As a result of the record sales, Naamsa said in a statement that it has revised its growth projections for 2006 from 10% to between 15% and 20%.“As things stand now, 2006 will be the best year ever for the South African motor industry,” McCarthy Motor Holdings chairperson Brand Pretorius told Business Day.He said contributing factors in the record growth were tax concessions in Finance Minister Trevor Manuel’s latest Budget and the introduction of new models into the market.March sales of new commercial vehicles, bakkies and minibuses of 3 163 units were 24.5% higher than they were in March last year.Naamsa said there were substantial increases in sales of medium and heavy trucks. Medium commercial vehicles sales rose 38.3%, while those of heavy commercial vehicles rose 29.5%.“Positive fixed investment trends and strong expansionary fiscal spending on infrastructural projects should continue to underpin demand in this segment,” Naamsa said.Vehicle exports for the first two months of 2006 increased by 7 869 units, or 54.4%, on the same period last year.“A positive macro environment, strong business and consumer confidence, relatively low interest rates, substantially enhanced new vehicle affordability and the increasingly frequent introduction of technologically advanced, fuel efficient new and/or face-lift models would continue to support the market in the short to medium term,” Naamsa said.“It was clear that 2006 would represent another record year for the South African automotive industry.”SouthAfrica.info reporter Want to use this story on your website? See Using SouthAfrica.info material.
South African red and white wines have taken top honours at the prestigious Decanter 2009 Wine Awards. (Image: MediaClubSouthAfrica.com. For more free photos, visit the image library) MEDIA CONTACTS • Melina JostKaapzicht sales and marketing manager +27 21 906 1620• Schalk Joubert Beaumont media and marketing +27 83 300 9187 RELATED ARTICLES • SA wine brings comic relief• Wine-tasting in the township • Wine on the wild side • Black, female, and making great wine• SA wine a US presidential hitJanine Erasmus South Africa wines have trounced all international competition in both the red and white single varietal categories at the 2009 Decanter World Wine Awards, held in London under the auspices of Decanter magazine.While the results are released to the trade earlier in the year, the rest of the world has to wait for the traditional September award issue to find out which are the wines to seek out.Kaapzicht Steytler Pinotage 2006 was named the world’s top red single varietal over £10 (R122), while Beaumont Wines Hope Marguerite 2008 took the trophy for the best single white varietal over £10.South African wines scooped 11 regional trophies and 23 gold medals. Local wines also came home with 130 silver medals, 246 bronze medals, and 131 commended certificates.Home-grownSouth Africa’s own home-grown Pinotage grape variety has come into its own in recent years. The grape was created in 1925 by the chemist Abraham Izak Perold, also first professor of Viticulture and later Dean of Agriculture at Stellenbosch University in the Western Cape. Perold bred a cross between Pinot Noir and Cinsault, both varieties of Vitis vinifera, the common grape vine.Cinsault is known as Hermitage in South Africa, hence the blending of the names of the two parents to form Pinotage.The first Pinotage wine was made in 1941 by CT de Waal, a lecturer at the Elsenburg Agricultural College in the Stellenbosch district.However, it was only in 1959 that a Pinotage from winemaker Pieter Krige “PK” Morkel of Bellevue estate won the first of many awards for the variety. Morkel’s wine took the coveted General Smuts trophy for the best young wine at that year’s Cape Young Wine Show (now known as the South African Young Wine Show).Bellevue estate, still run by the Morkel family, continues to produce award-winning wines, among them the famous Pinotage.Farmers subsequently stampeded to plant Pinotage vines, but even so the variety never quite took off until 1991 when Kanonkop’s Pinotage earned winemaker Beyers Truter the Winemaker of the Year award at the International Wine and Spirit competition in the UK. Truter was the first South African to achieve this.Making historyFittingly, Kaapzicht’s award for the Steytler Pinotage 2006 award comes 50 years after that first Cape Wine Show coup.Kaapzicht estate lies between Stellenbosch and Kuils River and since 1946 has been in the capable hands of the Steytler family.Kaapzicht’s reds are no strangers to international recognition. In 2004, at the International Wine and Spirits Competition in London, the estate’s Steytler Vision 2001 became the first Cape Blend (a 40% Pinotage blend) to win the title of overall world’s best red blend.Grapes from those same vines have now been used to produce the 2009 Decanter winner. Kaapzicht Steytler Pinotage 2006 lay for two years in new French oak barrels before going to the bottle.“Pinotage is a very versatile red wine variety,” commented cellarmaster Danie Steytler, “and the Kaapzicht Steytler Pinotage from those vineyards is a shining example of the serious, well-oaked, full-bodied style to be enjoyed with food, especially venison, red meat and traditional South African dishes and cheeses.”Decanter judges agreed, commending it for its “voluptuous, heady nose with very precise black fruits, plums, mocha and tar. Full-bodied and opulent in the mouth, ripe and supple fine-grained tannins with plenty of spice to enliven the finish”.Made from the oldest vinesThe winning white single varietal Beaumont Wines Hope Marguerite 2008 is a Chenin Blanc made, as the vineyard claims, only from fruit harvested from the oldest vines.The winery is located in Bot River in the Western Cape’s Overberg region. For the past few years Beaumont has concentrated solely on producing Chenin Blanc, having discontinued its Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc.The results speak for themselves. Named after the matriarch of the Beaumont clan, Hope Marguerite Beaumont, the winning wine, was glowingly described by Decanter judges as having a “stylish spicy floral character, supple orchard fruits, white almond and grass. Soft and broad on the palate, lifted citrus fruits with some glycerol and honey at the end”.“Our Chenin really illustrates the diversity of the grape as well as its strong roots in the Beaumont soils,” commented winemaker Sebastian Beaumont.Hope Marguerite is matured in 400l French oak barrels using only natural yeasts.“We allow the grape to express itself in very hands-off wine-making – this has been the essence of the Hope Marguerite,” Beaumont added.Leading wine magazineDecanter magazine, the UK’s leading wine magazine, is sold in 92 countries and for the past six years has presented the prestigious World Wine Awards. A record 10 285 entries from 2 240 producers poured into the Decanter offices for the 2009 event, more than for any other wine event.Wines compete according to region and in eight price brackets, ranging from less than £4.99 (R61) to over £40 (R487). Once the initial rating has been given, the gold medal-winning wines are re-tasted for confirmation, and then go forward to the regional taste-off.The regional winners then compete for an array of international trophies, which are judged in two sections for each wine style, under £10 and over £10.The judging panel is chaired by veteran British wine consultant and journalist Steven Spurrier, who is assisted by a number of regional chairs. This year the South African section was chaired by the respected John May, a senior wine master in the UK.South African regional trophy winners:Beaumont Wines Hope Marguerite 2008 – South African White Single Varietal over £10 TrophyBouchard Finlayson Galpin Peak, Pinot Noir 2008 – South African Pinot Noir over £10 TrophyCederberg Private Cellar Five Generations Cabernet Sauvignon 2006 – South African Red Bordeaux Varietal over £10 TrophyCederberg Private Cellar Cederberg Sauvignon Blanc 2008 – South African Sauvignon Blanc under £10 TrophyKaapzicht Estate Steytler Pinotage 2006 – South African Red Single Varietal over £10 TrophyPaul Cluver Weisser Riesling Noble Late Harvest 2008 – South African Sweet over £10 TrophyPerdeberg Rex Equus Shiraz 2007 – South African Red Rhone Varietal over £10 TrophyPongracz Desiderius 2001 – South African Sparkling over £10 TrophyRustenberg Chardonnay 2007 – South African Chardonnay over £10 TrophySchalk Burger & Sons Welbedacht Hat Trick 2006 – South African Red Blend over £10 TrophySwartland Winery Indalo Shiraz Nature’s Way 2006 – South African Red Rhone Varietal under £10 TrophyQueries or comments? 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“Without music, life would be a mistake” ―Friedrich Nietzsche. Without music, animation and motion graphics would also be a mistake.This is why Davey.Studio created the FreqReact script for Adobe After Effects. This helpful little tool allows you to harness specific sound frequencies and use them to animate properties of a graphic element.This might remind you of a tutorial I created several months ago that was all about how to use audio to drive animations via keyframes, pickwhips, and the graph editor. While this method is certainly useful, it’s not as streamlined and intuitive as using the FreqReact script. Let’s take a step-by-step look at how to use this tool in a real-world animation scenario.In this particular tutorial, I’m going to animate a rocket flying through space. I’ll use the bass of a PremiumBeat track to control the flames of the rocket, as well as the star-field in the background.Step 1 — Create a New ProfileFirst, I’ll need to create a new profile. With the music track selected in the timeline, I’ll click on the New Profile button in the FreqReact panel, and I’ll name it Bass. I can choose to apply the profile to the entire comp or a specific work area.Step 2 — Select the FrequencyNow for the fancy part. FreqReact will generate a new comp, allowing me to view the spectral frequency of my music track. I’ll use the preset views in the FreqReact panel to isolate the desired range of the frequency, or I can manually type in a range. Now, I’ll use the bounding box in the comp panel to highlight the bass area I’d like to use to drive my animations. Once selected, I’ll press the Bake button.Step 3 — BakeBaking adds all of the necessary keyframes to my audio track. The beauty here is that I can add multiple profiles to one single music track, as each one will show up as a separate effect. Now, I’m ready to apply these as animations.Step 4 — ReactTo animate, I’ll need to select a property. First, I want the flame of my rocket to shoot out during the bass hits. To apply, I’ll select the Scale attribute of the Flame layer. Next, I’ll grab the Bass profile in the FreqReact panel, then grab the Pulse controller. Now, I can apply the effect via the React button. For the stars in the background, I’ll grab the necessary attribute and follow the same steps as above.Step 5 — CustomizeAfter pressing the React button, a new Pulse effect applies to the layers, allowing me to customize the intensity of the pulse via the Effect Controls panel. For the star-field, I’ll open up the Mods section of the effect and select Additive. This’ll make the stars move across the screen instead of simply moving back and forth.Voilà! A quick and easy animation with just a few simple clicks. To pick up a copy of FreqReact, head over to Davey.Studio’s website.Looking for more on Adobe After Effects? Check out these articles.15 FREE Camera Shake Presets for After Effects and Premiere ProLearn to Create Your Own 8-Bit Art in Adobe After Effects7 Useful Ctrl and Cmd Key Shortcuts in Adobe After EffectsAdobe Releases New Content Aware Fill Tool for After Effects5 Ways to Animate with Trim Paths in Adobe After Effects
World champion Sally Pearson powered to Olympic gold in the women’s 100m hurdles final on Tuesday, setting a new Olympic record in the process.The Australian exploded out of the blocks but had to fend off a late challenge from defending champion Dawn Harper of the US to clock 12.35 seconds.Harper took the silver in 12.37, a lifetime best, with the bronze going to Kellie Wells, also of the United States, in 12.48.There was drama after the finish as Pearson and Harper stared at the jumbo screen, neither sure of the result.Pearson screamed with delight when her result flashed up, while Harper clapped in a show of sportsmanship.”It’s a dream,” said Pearson, who trained in London for the final few months before the Games.”Relief was the first thing I felt and then shock. I’m just going through the emotions. I really wanted this. I’ve worked so hard for two years. To see my name on the scoreboard, I just can’t believe it.”Harper claimed to be happy to win a silver.”There was so much pressure on me,” she said. “I’m just so happy to be here. I wanted to be here and I wanted to be a part of it.
One more piece of the Oklahoma City Thunder’s 2012 NBA Finals run was cast to the wind during Thursday night’s draft. The Thunder dealt Serge Ibaka to the Orlando Magic for Victor Oladipo, Ersan Ilyasova and the rights to No. 11 overall pick Domantas Sabonis. For those of us who look back fondly on the 2012 Thunder’s killer Big Four of Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, James Harden and Ibaka, it was a reminder of how OKC broke up one of the great what-might-have-been young cores in NBA history.But putting aside one of the internet’s favorite pastimes of 2015 — second-guessing the Harden trade — the truth of the matter is that the roster the Thunder sent to the 2016 Western Conference finals had already surpassed the edition that went to the NBA Finals four years earlier, at least according to advanced metrics such as our Box Plus/Minus talent ratings:1Essentially a lo-fi version of ESPN’s Real Plus-Minus ratings, with the benefit that they can be computed for historical seasons. We’ve used them a few times in the past. And a big reason why was the emergence of Steven Adams, who was selected with one of the picks that came to OKC in return for Harden and has become an excellent defender and rebounder. Adams’s strong play made Ibaka expendable, but so had Ibaka’s own downturn over the past couple years. And although comparing shooting guards and stretch fours is a bit apples-to-oranges, Oladipo posted better numbers than Ibaka last season, at a younger age, for less than half the money. As currently constructed, the Thunder are better off now than they were a day ago.Of course, none of that matters if Durant doesn’t opt to re-sign with Oklahoma City in free agency. Despite a bit of a down playoff campaign — and the fact that he probably isn’t even OKC’s best player anymore — KD is still one of the top handful of players in the NBA, and it will be his decision that determines the Thunder’s future far more than Sam Presti’s draft-day machinations. If Durant does re-up with Oklahoma City, the addition of Oladipo would edge the Thunder ever closer to the Warriors and Spurs at the top of the West. If not, they’ll be just another mid-level team in one of the most top-heavy conferences ever.
Related Items:#magneticmedianews, flow Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, October 17, 2017 – Providenciales – Flow is reporting to the nation on its restoration of internet, land line, cell phone and TV services and it includes 25 areas of Providenciales including Kew Town, the Industrial Park, Cheshire Hall, Provo Golf Club, parts of Juba Sound, parts of Airport Road and Leeward Highway and more. Within this week, up to Sunday October 21st, Flow says Juba Sound, Venetian Road, Blue Mountain, all of Down Town and all of Millennium Highway will see their services restored.North Caicos, says Flow, is fully restored and in Middle Caicos Bambarra and Conch Bar are good to go. In that media release, Flow explains to hardest hit Grand Turk, South Caicos and Salt Cay that you are not forgotten. It is explained that once distribution cables are reinstated, service will resume but there is a big job of work to be done by the telecommunications company for these three islands.#Flow says the fixed lines have to be rebuilt. Bills and fixed line services will be waived for the sister islands for September and October. Flow mobile help number is 611; its where you can report any problems. You can find the full report from Flow at MagneticMediaTV.com or at our Facebook page, #MagneticMedia Fanpage on FB. We have also circulated it on WhatsApp. Young Footballers from Antigua and Trinidad emerge as winners of Flow Ultimate Football Experience FLOW Mobile Top Up Made Easy with Scotiabank TCAAA announces National Team & partnership with FLOW TCI for the 2017 FLOW Carifta Games in Curacao
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