Pasadena Water Conservation Drops to 21 Percent

first_imgGovernment Pasadena Water Conservation Drops to 21 Percent Published on Friday, January 22, 2016 | 11:37 am faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPasadena Water and PowerPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Business News 2 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Make a comment More Cool Stuff Herbeauty7 Most Startling Movie Moments We Didn’t Realize Were InsensitiveHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyEase Up! Snake Massages Are Real And Do Wonders!HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Special Beauty Tips That Make Indian Women So BeautifulHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWhat’s Your Zodiac Flower Sign?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty9 Of The Best Family Friendly Dog BreedsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyYou’ll Want To Get Married Twice Or Even More Just To Put Them OnHerbeautyHerbeauty Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Community News Top of the News center_img Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Community News Subscribe Pasadena’s water savings gauge has dropped slightly to 21 percent conservation for the cumulative period from June 1, 2015 to January 13, 2016, according to a report from Pasadena Water and Power posted on the City’s weekly newsletter. This puts the city seven percent under its 28 percent conservation mandate as set by the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB).Recent rains are not enough to reach our goal,” the report said. “City officials are urging everyone to conserve more water during this critical time.”In spite of the drop, PWP said the community has made “significant strides” with water conservation, saving more than 1.5 billion gallons of water since June 2015.According to SWRCB mandates, cities must reach and maintain their water conservation goals from June 1, 2015 through February 28, 2016, or face fines of $10,000 a day. Pasadena’s mandated 28 percent goal means it must save 2.3 billion gallons of water.PWP posts a weekly status report of the water conservation effort on the city’s website, www.cityofpasadena.net, and displays it on KPAS during the weekly City Council meetings.Residents, visitors and businesses are encouraged to report water wastage by calling the Pasadena Citizen Service Center at (626) 744-7311 or reporting online at www.cityofpasadena.net/csc. Smartphone and tablet users can also download the city’s free app from www.cityofpasadena.net/csc/mobile-app to monitor the city’s water conservation updates. EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. First Heatwave Expected Next Week last_img read more

Utah Valley edges UT Rio Grande Valley 72-70

first_imgJanuary 18, 2020 /Sports News – Local Utah Valley edges UT Rio Grande Valley 72-70 Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailTJ Washington came off the bench to score 25 points, Isaiah White scored on a layup with 2 seconds left in the game and Utah Valley slipped past Texas-Rio Grande Valley 72-70.Lesley Varner II totaled 21 points, five rebounds, five assists and four steals to pace the Vaqueros. Associated Press Tags: UVU Wolverines Basketball/WAClast_img

Food to go boosts sales at Morrisons

first_imgMorrisons has reported a second quarter of rising like-for-like (LFL) sales, as it continues to cut costs and prices, although total sales fell due to store closures.For the 13 weeks to 1 May, the supermarket’s LFL sales (excluding fuel) grew by 0.7% compared to the year before, but overall sales were down 1.8%.The retailer said it was helped by a 17% rise in sales from its Food to Go range, which includes freshly-made sandwiches. Total sales fell after Morrisons closed unprofitable supermarkets and sold its M convenience stores.Morrisons said in the trading update that prices were down 2.6% from a year earlier as the supermarket price war continued.David Potts, Morrisons chief executive, said there was “still much to do”.He said: “Customers are responding and satisfaction levels remain ahead of last year. We are, of course, pleased with a second consecutive quarter of positive like-for-like sales, which demonstrates our aim to stabilise trade is taking effect.”He also added he was encouraged by the progress being made by the company, following a long period of declining sales and profits.Morrisons shares rose 1.9% to 191.1p this morning (5 May).In March, 2 Sisters Food Group appointed Martyn Fletcher, previously group retail director at Morrisons, to the newly-created role of chief operating officer of protein.last_img read more

Dodgers, Jansen embracing broad interpretation of closer role

first_imgLOS ANGELES >> The ink has dried on the five-year, $80 million contract Kenley Jansen signed with the Dodgers last December after flirting — and nearly going home — with the Washington Nationals and Miami Marlins.But a deal like that can change a player.“Guys go one of two ways,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “They can sit back and say, ‘I got it.’ … He is actually pushing himself to show – not to put pressure on himself or justify it – but to do right by the organization, his teammates and this city.”Security can make a player comfortable, make him shrink from new challenges. Had Jansen adopted this attitude, he might decide he had been signed to pitch the ninth inning and only the ninth inning and only in save situations. The roots of this new job description lie in last fall’s postseason run. Five of Jansen’s seven playoff appearances lasted more than an inning including a 51-pitch, 21/3-inning stretch in the Dodgers’ NLDS-clinching Game 5 victory – an effort that left a spent Jansen conducting post-game interviews while sitting on the floor of the hallway outside the Dodgers’ clubhouse – and three scoreless innings in the NLCS finale.Those performances “unlocked” something in Jansen, Roberts said.“We had many conversations about being unselfish and doing whatever it takes to win,” Roberts said. “The care, the will, the desire to win were there. But until any player actually does something, you don’t really know the potential you do have. For him to actually go through that and have success, it kind of validated all of his intentions.”That experience “took me to the next level” in terms of confidence and recognizing what mattered to him, Jansen said; so much so he’s able to laugh when teased about his relatively low save total (10) this season. Last week in St. Louis, he returned to his locker to find an assortment of snacks waiting for him with a letter of apology from the Dodgers’ offense (clubhouse leader Justin Turner is the likely ghost writer) after a late rally had taken away a save opportunity.“I’m mature. Let me put it that way,” Jansen said with a large smile. “I’ve matured enough to know it’s about the team. It’s not about my individuals.”Closers are not solely evaluated by their save totals anymore, Jansen knows. “It’s about strikeouts and walks. It’s about WAR and WHIP. When you’re doing good in that stuff, you’re doing your job.”By those measures, Jansen is doing his job very well indeed. His WHIP (0.66) is even lower than last season (0.67), when it was the lowest in the majors. He has struck out nearly half of the batters he has faced (41 of 90) and hasn’t walked any of them, breaking Adam Wainwright’s record (35) for the most strikeouts without a walk to start a season.“I think it’s just the same reason Mariano Rivera was able to pitch in the big leagues for, what, 50 years?” Dodgers catcher Yasmani Grandal said when asked to explain Jansen’s success.The comparison between Jansen’s cutter and the one that will carry Rivera into the Hall of Fame is frequent and flattering. Like Rivera, Jansen throws the pitch 90 percent of the time and hitters have yet to figure out a way to make consistent contact.For that, Jansen thanks the natural movement that comes with his throwing motion. For his ability to maintain consistent mechanics with it despite his size (6-foot-5, 275 pounds) and a stride that is one of the longest in baseball (only Chapman’s is longer) – factors that could complicate things – Jansen thanks … Charlie Hough?“I owe Charlie Hough a big thank you. He kept it simple with me from Day One. That’s why I have a simple delivery, simple mechanics,” Jansen said, referring to the one-time knuckleballer who was a pitching coach in the Dodgers’ minor-league system when Jansen was converted from catcher to pitcher.“He said, ‘You’re a hard thrower. You’re not a pitcher. Just throw.’”When it is pointed out that some players might have taken that as an insult, a broad smile spreads across Jansen’s face.“Let’s just say I’ve learned some things over the years,” he said.Up NextREDS at DODGERSWhen: 7:10 p.m.Where: Dodger StadiumTV: SportsNet LA (where available)THE PITCHERSDODGERS LHP RICH HILL (2-2, 4.15 ERA)Vs. Reds: 3-2, 4.05 ERAAt Dodger Stadium: 3-3, 2.31 ERAREDS LHP AMIR GARRETT (3-4, 7.17 ERA)Vs. Dodgers: Has never faced them beforeUPCOMINGSaturday — Reds (RHP Asher Wojciechowski, 1-0, 4.50 ERA) at Dodgers (LHP Alex Wood, 6-0, 1.69 ERA), 7:10 p.m., SportsNet LA, MLB Network (out of market only)Sunday — Reds (RHP Tim Adleman, 4-2, 4.42 ERA) at Dodgers (LHP Hyun-Jin Ryu, 2-6, 4.08 ERA), 1:10 p.m., SportsNet LA “I don’t want to be that kind of closer. I don’t want to be compared in that class,” Jansen said. “I’m not trying to be a hero here but any time the team needs me, I’m ready.“Sometimes the situation for the best pitcher to come in is not always the ninth inning. It’s not always like that.”Roberts calls Jansen “the best reliever in the game” – not just the best closer. He might also be among its most open-minded.Nine times this season, Roberts has brought Jansen into the game in an inning other than the ninth – six times in the eighth, three times in extra innings. Six times Jansen has pitched more than one inning.Of the major league’s top 10 in saves, only Tampa Bay’s Alex Colome (primarily a starter until two years ago) can match that. The major league’s saves leader, Colorado’s Greg Holland, has not recorded more than three outs in any of his 23 appearances. Neither of Jansen’s two peers on last winter’s free agent market – Aroldis Chapman, who signed a record deal for a closer with the New York Yankees, and Mark Melancon, who signed with the San Francisco Giants – has pitched before the ninth inning this season or recorded more than three outs in an appearance. Both have also been on the DL.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Why 49ers Richard Sherman sees this as a gratifying season

first_imgSANTA CLARA — The only member of the 49ers’ season-opening secondary that isn’t on injured reserve is also the one who had the biggest injury concern: cornerback Richard Sherman.He didn’t make the Pro Bowl this week. He isn’t going to the playoffs. He doesn’t have an interception (so far) for the first time in his eight-year career. But Sherman’s transition from the Seattle Seahawks to the 49ers has been a success, both in terms of the veteran leadership he’s brought to a young defense and the …last_img

Sharks’ Brent Burns in running to win another Norris Trophy

first_imgClick here if you’re unable to view the photo gallery on your mobile device.LAS VEGAS — Brent Burns was named a finalist for the Norris Trophy for the third time in four years Sunday after he posted another record-breaking season for a Sharks defenseman.Burns joins Mark Giordano of the Calgary Flames and Victor Hedman of the Tampa Bay Lightning as finalists for the award, given annually to the NHL’s best defenseman. Burns won the award in 2017, becoming the first Sharks player to do so, and …last_img

Plenty to ponder as planting progresses

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Doug Tenney, Leist MercantileFieldwork for much of Ohio finally returned the second week of April. Producers were aggressively applying fertilizer and spraying herbicides for corn and soybeans. In addition, repairing dreaded tile blowouts as well as installing new tile were in the mix of work being completed. Corn and soybean planting was taking place in very small amounts as evidenced by the April 9 weekly Crop Progress Report as it detailed planting progress across the country. This report had U.S. corn planted at just 2%, matching the five-year average. To no surprise, this report had zero corn planted in Iowa, Nebraska, Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, and South Dakota. The European and American weather models were in huge disagreement in their weather forecasts for the last half of April. The American model indicates a warmer and drier outlook. In sharp contrast, the European model has showers continuing for that timeframe for the Delta, central Midwest, and eastern Midwest. It also indicates rainfall amounts for areas of the Midwest could reach 200% of normal.Corn and soybean weekly export sales the second week of April were disappointing and below trade expectations. Corn sales were 21.5 million bushels, just above those of the previous week. However, soybean sales were just 9.9 million bushels, down 86% from the previous week. The April 9 Supply and Demand Report cut U.S. wheat exports 20 million bushels. Egypt — traditionally an active buyer of U.S. wheat — passed on our wheat as it was sourced elsewhere. The same report also reduced corn demand in three lines, with corn fed to livestock reduced 75 million bushels to 5.3 billion bushels, corn exports were cut 75 million bushels to 2.3 billion bushels, while corn used for ethanol was cut 50 million bushels to 5.5 billion bushels.The May 10 Supply and Demand report will include numerous changes. Specifically, price range forecasts will be eliminated and replaced with single price points for all crops and livestock, international crop tables  will include an aggregate value for “World less China,” countries, and lists of major importers/exporters will be updated to eliminate outdated aggregations such as “Former Soviet Union,” to better reflect current trade patterns according to the USDA website.The April 12 Commitment of Traders Report had managed money short 71,000 contracts of soybeans as traders continued their months long pattern of being short corn, soybeans, and wheat. They were short 272,000 contracts of corn, a new record. The big shorts continue to flaunt they have no reason yet to exit their huge short positions in corn, in spite of what appears to be less than excellent planting conditions as weather across much of the Midwest looks to see less than ideal amounts of corn getting planted the last two weeks of April. Typically managed money has not been short the grains during the spring timeframe.There continues to be promise that China could be buying quite a bit of U.S. corn the next few years if a U.S./China trade deal ever gets done. As of mid-April there is still no sign of a completed trade deal in spite of being weeks past a March 1 deadline announced months earlier by President Trump. U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin as of mid-April continues to report good progress being made in the ongoing trade talks between the U.S. and China. We can only hope a final agreement is one fantastic deal for U.S. agriculture. If it is not, it will only add to the sharply bearish sentiment, which seems to permeate the landscape today for grains.A mid-April snowstorm in the upper Midwest provides yet another huge weather event following the March snowstorm and heavy rains which flooded portions of Nebraska, Missouri, and Iowa. Late March satellite images indicated at least one million acres still under water out west. Those factors along with April rainfalls strongly suggest U.S. corn acres could decrease while soybean acres could increase. A much better handle on actual plantings should be seen by June 1.last_img read more

Effective Pre-Production: Collaboration Between the Cinematographer and Editor

first_imgAlthough the cinematographer and editor work in different phases of projects, by collaborating early, their synched efforts will result in a better final film.It doesn’t matter if you’re shooting a $250 million blockbuster or a micro-budget short, filmmaking is a collaborative art form. Directors rely on their crew and must coordinate the efforts of each person, in particular the department heads, in order to see their vision to fruition.Two of these key personnel on any movie are the cinematographer and editor. Let’s get the basics out of the way first, and look at what each of these positions does. If you’re more of an industry vet jump down to the next section, “Planning the Shots”.Cinematographers and Film EditorsThe cinematographer, also known as the director of photography (D.P.), is responsible for photographing the motion picture and overseeing the camera crew and lighting team. On low-budget films, the D.P. might be the sole person responsible for lighting and may also act as the camera operator. The cinematographer’s primary responsibility occurs during the principal photography stage of production, but they must also spend a great deal of effort during prep and may even oversee the color grading during post production.Image from Tamara Podolchak (Wikimedia)The editor, on the other hand, mostly works during post-production by taking the shot footage and making decisions on how to best put the project together. During principal photography, the editor’s main responsibility is to organize the dailies and sync the sound. On larger productions, you’ll have an entire team of people handling picture edit, sound and color grading, but on smaller films, you may have a single person responsible for all of the post-production. The final product is in the hands of the editor.It seems that these two critical jobs would not overlap—the D.P. shoots and the editor takes the footage and turns it into a movie. However, the one phase where they should collaborate is pre-production, which Alfred Hitchcock considered to be the most important stage of filmmaking.Some low budget filmmakers prefer to do one or both of these jobs in addition to directing, as it saves money and resources and is often perceived as preserving the director’s vision. However, it is better to have different people serve as the D.P. and editor. The D.P. will carry out the director’s wishes with lighting schemes and angles, but can also offer a second set of eyes to make sure all of the technical aspects of the shots are completed while the director focuses on the overall picture, including talent, art direction, continuity, etc. An editor brings in objectivity to post-production and can “kill the darlings” — cutting shots and scenes that the director can’t bear to part with but need to go for the sake of the film.Planning the ShotsDuring pre-production, the D.P. must work with the director to know what style of filmmaking they should use in the making of their movie, as well as how to plan the day-to-day activities. The D.P. will know how long certain shots will take to set up and can schedule accordingly. But where does the editor fit into this?If the editor participates with developing the shot list, he or she will have a clear understanding of what to expect upon delivery of the footage. Oftentimes the editor sees the footage for the first time while watching the dailies and then must make sense of all the disparate images they receive. However, if the editor participates in pre-production, then he or she has a clear sense of what the director wants in the final film.Editors are storytellers, but from a technical end. They know how the pieces fit together to effectively communicate dramatic and emotional expression to the audience, as well as determining proper pacing of the story. All films will benefit if the editor is involved in the early stages of planning, working with the cinematographer so that both are on the same page about how the director wants the story to unfold visually.Traditionally, the shots are planned by the director through developing a shot list and then commissioning storyboards to illustrate those shots. Storyboards are made either by hand-drawing them, using computer-aided programs like FrameForge 3D or taking still photographs to replicate what will be shot on set. Both the D.P. and the editor can add their expertise during the storyboarding stage to ensure the proper footage is acquired during principal photography.Correcting Problems in AdvanceOne of the biggest problems facing filmmakers is whether or not the footage they shoot will actually cut well together. A lot rides on this, including consistent performance from the actors and continuity of props, costumes, hair and makeup, actor placement, etc. The director of photography needs to worry about camera placement and gathering appropriate footage that the editor can use.For instance, the camera crew has to adhere to the 180 degree rule, otherwise editing becomes much more difficult. The D.P. and camera operator should be aware of this, yet mistakes are constantly made that require the editor to “fix it in post.” With the editor’s help in pre-production, shots can be properly planned to avoid these types of situations. While it’s easy for the D.P. to pass off problems to the editor to handle after photography is completed, doing so can create problems that are detrimental to the finished film. You don’t want to have to salvage a scene through clumsy editing. It’s better to have the scene play out naturally without any distracting edits that pull the audience out of the story.Additionally, an editor can identify other potential editing problems ahead of time and suggest supplementary ideas for coverage. For instance, if the director is planning an extended take, an editor can see opportunities for alternate shots to cut to in case the extended take doesn’t work. The editor can also point out places where insert shots and cutaways can be used for the best effect.Getting the Right LookThe director of photography works hard to create a specific look for the film by choosing angles, lenses and lighting schemes. Not only does the lighting provide illumination for the actors, but it also creates a mood through brightness level, direction of the light and color—all of which, to varying degrees, can be altered in post-production. During pre-production, the D.P. should communicate his or her intentions to the editor who can then plan out how to approach the final color correction and grading.Image from Blackmagic Design for DaVinci ResolveAnother person, other than the picture editor, may be the one responsible for performing the color correction and grading after the picture lock is complete, but the editor will probably oversee this process (especially in lower budget projects). The editor and D.P. should collaborate on what color design would be best for the film. Also, the editor can discuss what tools he has available, which will allow the D.P. to use the proper settings on the camera to effectively capture the image in the best way for use in the post-production programs.Successful CollaborationThe director needs to act as a ringmaster in coordinating the efforts of all the various departments, especially cinematography and editorial. These department heads need to be brought in as early as possible to prep the film and work out any potential problems, provide a unified effort toward the completion of the movie and to support each other with their duties and responsibilities. Your film and your audience will appreciate it.last_img read more