Welterweights to battle for Contender payday

first_img (SUB DECK) Popular series gets under way on March 9 Welterweight boxers will be in the spotlight this year when the very popular Wray and Nephew 2016 Contender boxing series kicks off on Wednesday, March 9, at the Chinese Benevolent Association auditorium on Hope Road in St Andrew. The series, which started in 2011 and alternates between middleweight and welterweight boxers each year, is a made-for-television production that is sanctioned by the Jamaica Boxing Board.  It will be broadcast live each week on Television Jamaica (TVJ) at 9 p.m. and will see 16 boxers drawn from the Caribbean and the United States vying for top honours. The first prize is one million dollars. The team concept will again be used this year, with one team of eight boxers being designated Green and the other eight-man team Yellow. One boxer from each team will go up against a boxer from the opposing team every week in the preliminary rounds. At the quarter final stage, the eight boxers left in the competition will be seeded and a draw will take place to decide on the matchup each week. There will be eight preliminary bouts, four quarter-final fights, the two semi-finals and then the finals. There will also be two amateur bouts each night. There will be an official launch on Thursday this week, at which the promoters will give the details of the format that will be followed this year, the names of the boxers on the two teams and the total prize money that will be paid out to the boxers. The Caribbean team will have boxers from Jamaica, Trinidad & Tobago, Guyana and Barbados and will be a mixture of new talent and tried and proven crowd favourites. Previous winners were in 2011, middleweight boxer Ricardo Smith; 2012, welterweight Donovan “Police” Campbell; 2013 middleweight Devon Moncriffe; 2014 welterweight Sakima Mullings; and 2015 middleweight Kemahl Russell. BOXING: Wray & Nephewlast_img read more

Local Roundup: AC Samoa Under-15 team claims tournament win in Redding

first_imgThe wind and rain in Redding proved to be no trouble for the AC Samoa Under-15 girls soccer team this past weekend.AC Samoa took a break from league play in the Bay Area to make the trip across State Route 299 and take part in the Smash Cup Halloween Tournament. The results were about as good as it gets, with AC Samoa going undefeated en route to winning the tourney title in a penalty shootout against hometown favorites North State Soccer Misfits.The championship was won on a decisive save …last_img

Lawmakers Spar Over CCC Funds

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Chris ClaytonDTN Ag Policy EditorWASHINGTON (DTN) — The House of Representatives easily passed a continuing resolution Thursday afternoon to keep the federal government operating until at least Nov. 21 and also ensuring commodity and trade-aid payments would go to farmers without delay.The House voted 301-123 on the short-term funding measure that now goes to the Senate.While that should have resolved the fight over Commodity Credit Corporation funds used by USDA to pay for the Market Facilitation Program, there was still a fair amount of partisan finger-pointing Thursday morning at a House Agriculture Subcommittee hearing meant to focus on USDA disaster funds.Rep. Mike Conaway, R-Texas, ranking member of the House Agriculture Committee, chastised Democrats over the possible tie of CCC funds as “shameful.” Conaway said Democrats tried to use the funds “as leverage simply because you don’t like President (Donald) Trump.” He added that the CCC funds in the future are at risk of being held hostage over politics.“From now on, this process will be a weapon both sides can use,” Conaway said. “Shame on us to allow that to happen.”Conaway also split the distinction between threats to delay funds in the continuing resolution to the Republican-led effort in 2012 to limit then-Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack’s use of CCC funds after Vilsack gave disaster money to Arkansas in 2010 even though the Senate at the time would not pass a disaster bill. Conaway said Republicans at the time restricted “future promises,” while this time around, farmers have already been promised funds through the Market Facilitation Program.MFP has come in two cycles. The first cycle from last year has paid $8.6 billion to more than 1 million farmers. The new program that started this summer has paid just over $4 billion to more than 302,000 farmers.Conaway said the continuing resolution placed restrictions on USDA because it will require USDA to produce a report by Oct. 31 detailing how the CCC funds have been used and the analysis USDA used in how Market Facilitation Program payments are being divvied up.House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson, D-Minn., responded that the limits were put in place by Republicans initially.“You guys put this in place, not us,” Peterson said. He added, “What’s happened ever since is the appropriations waived that provision. This time it became an issue.”Until the dispute over Commodity Credit Corporation funds came up last week, Peterson said, few members outside of the Agriculture Committee had any idea what the fund was or how it works. Peterson also said the initial effort to delay CCC funds came from the Senate, not the House, though Peterson declined to say where that information was from.“There weren’t a handful of members who knew what the CCC was before all of this started,” he said. “The president using this for farmers has elevated this thing.”The CCC fund allows USDA to spend up to $30 billion for commodity programs at the discretion of the agriculture secretary.Shortly later, Rep. Filemon Vela, D-Texas, chairman of the House Agriculture Subcommittee on General Farm Commodities, tweeted a comment that appeared to be directed at Conaway, who led efforts to restrict food stamps for single people when Conaway chaired the committee.“Our caucus doesn’t need to be lectured by a racist Christian pretender who led the effort to starve America’s poor. Every Democratic member of this committee championed the efforts to protect MFP in this week’s CR negotiations,” Vela tweeted.All the while, Bill Northey, USDA undersecretary for farm production and conservation, waited to testify.Among Northey’s first comments was that sign-up for the Dairy Margin Coverage (DMC) program will be extended from Sept. 20 to Sept. 27 to give dairy farmers more time to enroll for 2019. Currently, USDA figures show slightly under 77% of eligible producers have signed up for the program, and USDA is trying to get as many of those other 23% to enroll as possible. So far, 20,647 dairy farmers have received $276.8 million in DMC payments.Some producers who had signed up for the old dairy program have not signed up for the new program yet, and USDA is trying to extend outreach to those farmers.“We have done all that we can and will continue to do so over the next week,” Northey said.Peterson and other lawmakers also had questions about USDA staffing at local Farm Service Agency offices. In 2004, USDA had 11,500 people at local FSA offices, but those numbers have fallen to about 8,400 now. Yet those local FSA offices are being asked to do more because of enrollment in disaster programs and the MFP payments.Northey said USDA is trying to hire more people as enrollment has begun in the commodity programs — ARC and PLC — and signup will also begin soon for the Conservation Reserve Program.“So we are working to staff up,” Northey said. “We certainly have burdened those folks with additional activities.Peterson said he’s aware of major agricultural counties in his district where the local offices are now only open two or three days a week and are using staff from other offices.“My concern is we don’t have the staffing out there that we need,” Peterson said.Northey agreed. “There certainly is no magic bullet in trying to serve all of the needs out there,” he said.Peterson also questioned the USDA hiring process for local FSA offices, saying he understands now that applications have to run through USDA headquarters in Washington where someone approves of the hires.“I don’t understand why we’re letting someone in Washington decide who should be hired in a local county,” Peterson said.Chris Clayton can be reached at Chris.Clayton@dtn.comFollow him on Twitter @ChrisClaytonDTN(AG)© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. 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PluralEyes: The Best Workflow for Syncing Audio

first_imgDo you love to use PluralEyes? Let us know in the comments. Step One: Import Your Footage into Premiere ProUpload your footage onto your computer. For tips on how to organize, here’s a great article. Once you have your footage where you want to work with it, open Premiere Pro as you normally would with your ideal sequence settings.Note: For newer PluralEyes editions, you can sync directly in PluralEyes or in Premiere Pro — whichever you prefer.Step Two: Create a Timeline and Lay Out All Cameras and AudioCreate your sequence, and drag all your footage and audio onto the timeline. Be sure to arrange each one (if you’re using multiple cameras) onto their own level. Place the audio in the bottommost level. Make sure all the footage is back to back.Step Three: Open PluralEyes in Premiere ProTo open PluralEyes, go to Window -> Extensions -> PluralEyes, and PluralEyes will launch a smaller window in Premiere Pro for your sync. If you have multiple timelines open, it will ask you to choose which one you’d like to work with, so make sure you name your timelines appropriately.Step Four: Synchronize and ExportOne you have PluralEyes open, you’ll see your footage and audio files show up as PluralEyes scans them. You’ll need to wait until they’re all scanned before you can sync (but you can still go ahead and click sync right away). Once they’re scanned and you’ve clicked, you’ll watch as they arrange to match. Next, click export, and a new synced timeline will open in Premiere Pro for you.In the PluralEyes options, you can choose to have your footage and audio simply matched next to each other, or to replace and connect the external audio with your video. Streamline your audio sync workflow in Premiere Pro with PluralEyes.Cover image via Red Giant.Syncing audio doesn’t need to be stressful. If you shoot DSLR, mirrorless, or on any mainstream camera that doesn’t offer high-quality in-camera recording options, you know how long it can take to sync your video and externally recorded audio.PluralEyes is a quality third-party plug-in from Red Giant that simplifies the task. While there are plenty of workarounds, for those who have made the investment and are to streamline, here are some tips for maximizing your PluralEyes workflow in Premiere Pro. If you’re interested, you can get a free trail of PluralEyes on their website before buying the program.Check out the step-by-step syncing process from FILM IT VFX STUDIOS.last_img read more