Cooper Farms adds a new sow farm

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Cooper Farms held an open house and ribbon cutting on April 22 for their new sow hog farm, Pheasant Run, located in Mark Center.The new farm will be home to female hogs and their piglets. Utilizing state of the art technology, Pheasant Run takes farming to a new level.“We like to think of it as more of a smart barn,” said Kevin Stuckey, Sow Division Manager. “With the help of technology we can provide high quality individualized care for each animal in the barns.”This technology controls barn temperatures, alternating fans, airflow and cooling cells to keep a consistent and comfortable climate for the hogs at all times. The system also has the ability to self-heal.“If a fan were to stop working correctly overnight, the system would recognize that and turn on a different fan in the same area,” said Bud Koenig, Facility Maintenance Manager.Open pen gestation allows the pregnant sows to roam in large stalls of 80 sows each.It will also feature electronic feeding stations to provide the pregnant sows with individualized diets and care, while in the open pens.“With each new farm we build, we are working to improve the environments for the animals, and make them more comfortable by using the latest technology available,” Stuckey said.The farm sits on approximately 640 acres and will use a center pivot system to apply all-natural fertilizer on 120 tillable acres. Pheasant Run farm will bring new jobs to the area, employing 20 full-time team members, one certified livestock manager and 18 other indirect jobs at the farm’s completion.last_img read more

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Audio Meters in Adobe Premiere Pro CS6

first_imgDiscover the recent changes to the audio meters in Adobe Premiere Pro CS6.  The improved meters are much easier to use and able to provide better info for audio editing.  Here’s the scoop…Audio is a very important part of video production simply because good audio carries the message and reinforces the images we work with.  Don’t make the mistake of overlooking the audio in your video editing project!  In this post, we’ll cover the changes made to the audio meters in Adobe Premiere Pro CS6 and how they can be used to improve the audio quality in your video editing.As you can see from the following pictures there have been big changes to the audio meters in Premiere Pro CS6 from previous versions.One of the biggest changes is that the meter in the main user interface now fits whatever size you make it whereas in previous versions it always stayed the same size and orientation.CS6 Audio Meters WideCS6 Audio Meters Placed Wide at the Bottom of the Work SpaceYou can see at once that this ability to re-size and fill whatever gap it is given aids tremendously in getting a far better layout for you work-space as well as allowing you to have a greater sensitivity in your view (i.e. in general longer bars are easier to see and work with than shorter bars).Another great change is that this ability to resize has been added to the whole Audio Mixer Panel which means that no matter how large you make it the meters will scale accordingly.  While not going beyond a certain point, the meters will also scale into a very small space and still be visible in CS6:CS5.5 Audio Mixer Panel LengthenedCS6 Audio Mixer Panel LengthenedCS6 Audio Mixer Panel Shortened Premiere Pro Audio Mixer PanelAs well as making the graphs much easier to use, Adobe have also added a new right-click menu which means we can have even more feedback and use out of these meters.NOTE: Make sure you are right-clicking on the black bar in the middle and not on the scale to one side as the only option you will get at that point is the ‘Safe During Write’ option.New Right-Click Menu (Audio Mixer Panel)If you choose any of the other ranges than the default 60 dB Range it won’t change the audio.  Instead it will show either a wider or a more limited range in the meter itself. So, if you have some very sensitive audio you want to work with you may find having a wider range such as the 120 dB Range easier to work with than the typical 60 dB range.Dynamic and Static Audio PeaksPeaksThe default setting in Adobe Premiere Pro is as shown above – Dynamic Peaks. What this means is that the little lines shown above will move to show the highest level that your audio gets to for a short time before falling back or moving up to a new level several seconds later. The idea behind this is to give you feedback as to how dynamic your audio is being with a peak staying put for a short while as an indication while the rest of the meter moves.However, if you want to see the maximum values for the whole piece you can change this to ‘Static Peaks‘ from the right-click menu which will mean that these peak indicators will move to the maximum level your audio gets to and simply stay there for the rest of the playback or until you right-click again and choose ‘Reset Indicators’. This can be helpful, but my own preference is to use dynamic peaks and keep the audio below the RED limit level.RED Distortion or ‘Over’ IndicatorsIf you get either of these RED indicators showing at the top of your audio meters it means that your audio for that channel has distorted and should be turned down. It is very bad to get audio peaking in this RED zone as it will play back very badly on any equipment further down the line and so should be avoided.Show Valleys in Premiere Pro‘Show Valleys‘ is very similar to the peak indicators mentioned above. The only real difference is that these indicators show the lowest point of your audio instead of the highest point. Once again, if you choose Dynamic or Static Peaks this will affect both the high peaks and the valley peaks making them persistent or transitory as needed.Audio Color GradientsThe last right-click option on an audio meter in the Premiere Audio Mixer Panel is that of either showing a color gradient or having the colors in the bar change in steps. The image below shows what it looks like with the option in steps (unchecked).Color Gradient Unchecked As you can see, the -18 dB and the -6 dB levels are really clear if you uncheck this option. However, I prefer to leave this option checked in general as it gives a nicer look to my eye and I don’t generally need to be too precise about these levels – that said, should I need to be more precise I now have the option to turn off the gradient if I wish.Lastly, if you right-click on the main Audio Meter in the normal user interface you will find that you have a couple of extra options that don’t come up when you right-click in the Audio Mixer Panel. These include:Extra Options in the Right-Click Menu for the Main UI Audio MixerSolo Channel OptionsAnother interesting feature Adobe has added, which is especially helpful when dealing with multi-channel masters and 5.1 surround-sound masters, is the ability to solo selected channels right from the audio meters. As you can see from the image below, the default setting is to have all the channels ‘soloed’ such that hitting any of the little ‘S’ buttons will turn that channel off.Monitor Mono Channels This option will only work with adaptive clips played in the Source Monitor and for sequences which have multichannel masters played in either the Source Monitor or the Timeline. What it does is allow you to play mono clips through both speakers at the same time – which can be a lot easier on the ear!Monitor Stereo PairsThis function will only work if you have a multichannel master played from the Timeline and what it does is allow you to listen to stereo linked channels instead of all the channels at the same time. For example, if your stereo pair was on channel 7 & 8 you could select to just listen to them with this option.Well, that’s a quick look at the very well redesigned audio meters in both the main user interface as well as in the Audio Mixer Panel.  As you can see, these audio improvements in Premiere Pro CS6 can be quite useful in working with audio in your video editing projects.last_img read more

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Pune rain: angry protesters heckle Guardian Minister

first_imgA day after intense showers ravaged several parts of Pune district, Guardian Minister Chandrakant Patil faced the ire of citizens on Friday, even as the death toll across the district rose to 18.Speaking here after surveying the worst-hit spots in the city and the district, Mr. Patil blamed illegal constructions and encroachments for the flash deluge that resulted in massive damage to property and loss of life.“Illegal constructions and encroachments on various canals have diverted the natural flow of streams, which led to water entering residential societies and wrecking property. The causes for these constructions have to be investigated. Moreover, why weren’t basic security measures followed at the time of these constructions?” Mr. Patil asked. Team to probe disasterHe said a team comprising senior IAS officials would be constituted to investigate the disaster. He also said all relief measures for the rain-affected in Pune would be applicable under the government resolution (GR) issued at the time of the Kolhapur and Sangli floods.On Thursday, when the city was coping with the rain damage, the Guardian Minister was in Delhi to iron out the seat-sharing issues between the Bharatiya Janata Party and the Shiv Sena for the elections.Earlier, irate protesters blocked Mr. Patil’s convoy near Tangewala Society in Aranyeshwar area, prompting him and his entourage to leave the spot after barely 15 minutes. Five people died after the society’s compound wall collapsed owing to the relentless downpour. Protesters demanded to know what Mr. Patil was doing in Delhi when the city was being battered by flash floods.Urging him to go back, they said the Guardian Minister’s belated visit was merely a photo opportunity.Mr. Patil said those heckling him were mere “troublemakers” hired by the opposition parties. “There were no problems whatsoever. I was [at Tangewala Society] for 20-25 minutes. Genuine citizens told me about their problems. The rest were troublemakers hired by opposition parties.” He said because the model code of conduct is in place for the Assembly elections, he was compelled to put things before the aggrieved citizens in a restrained manner.Toll up to 18Meanwhile, the death toll across the district rose to 18 with at least four people still missing. There were unconfirmed reports of two more bodies being recovered, indicating a likely rise in the number of the deaths.More than 3,000 people in the city are lodged in transit camps, while teams of the fire department and nearly 2,000 municipal workers carried out cleanliness drives and relief operations.Despite the India Meteorological Department’s (IMD) warnings of likely heavy rain on the intervening night of Thursday and Friday, the weather remained calm throughout the better part of Friday. Schools and colleges across the city and four other tehsils of the district remained shut following a precautionary directive of the Pune District Collector.According to a release issued on Friday afternoon, the IMD has forecast light to moderate rain on Friday night to be followed by light rain over the weekend.last_img read more

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BlackBerry Blend service possibly coming with Passport

first_imgImages leaked online show that Canadian smartphone maker BlackBerry has more than just the BlackBerry Passport headed to consumers. A service that allows users to use their smartphones remotely through tablets, laptops or desktops. This service is called BlackBerry Blend and may follow the BlackBerry Passport soon. The service was listed on BlackBerry World and first spotted on by Crackberry. With Blend, Blackberry users will be able to accomplish a variety of tasks from their choice of computer like sending and receiving texts, responding to BBM chats, access Blackberry Hub accounts, view appointments and agenda, create new entries in calendar, and also transfer files between their BlackBerry devices and the computer. Users will also be able to use company intranet securely with Blend if their devices have BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10. Tasks like creating backups of user data, restoring user data to a device and copying pictures, music and videos which earlier needed the Blackberry Desktop Software can also be accomplished using Blend.BlackBerry has recently been sending out invites worldwide to an event on the 24th of September. Invites have been spotted for events in Toronto, Dubai, London and Delhi. It’s expected that this event will see the unveiling of Blackberry Blend as well.Also at the event, Blackberry is expected to launch the 4.5 inch, QWERTY sporting Passport, a smartphone powered by a 2.2 Ghz Snapdragon 800, a resolution of 1440 x 1440 pixels, 3GB RAM, an Adreno 330 GPU and 32GB built in storage. A 13MP rear and 2MP front camera are also available on the device. The phone is a novelty in that it brings a physical keyboard back after smartphones have completely ditched the feature in recent years. advertisementlast_img read more

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Red Cross Gala near sold out

first_img Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppThere was super support for the Red, White and Gold Gala of the Turks and Caicos Islands Red Cross.  Related Items:event, gala, palsm resort, red cross, Tci, tess charles Patron of the Red Cross, Jill Beckingham, the Governor’s wife was thrilled at the turn out Saturday evening and shared that this fundraiser is key to helping anchor projects and services from the organization in the event of any disaster; it becomes particularly important as we near the start of another Atlantic Hurricane Season.  Deputy Premier, Hon Akierra Missick was also in attendance and agreed.  DP Missick said that Government sees the Red Cross as an easily mobilized partner and protector of the vulnerable when disaster strikes; she said this is one of the reasons TCIG sees it fit to financially support the Red Cross via subsidy.  The ball was held at the Palms Resort and featured a first class show by local singer, Tess Charles.center_img TCI Premier & Governor gives “all-clear” after Hurricane Irma Happy Hours All Weekend at Outback Steakhouse Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Hurricane Irma hits TCIlast_img read more

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Milwaukee Bar Association to Launch Member Magazine

first_imgCome New Year, the 150-year-old Milwaukee Bar Association will join the magazine fold with the January launch of its quarterly title, the MBA Messenger. The 22 page magazine is set to replace the organization’s monthly newsletter, called The Messenger.With a full-color cover, MBA Messenger will be distributed to the organization’s 2,600 members as a member benefit, according to a report in Milwaukee’s Small Business Times. In addition to covering recent developments in law, The magazine will feature lifestyle topics, restaurant reviews and practice and technology tips.”The Messenger in its newsletter format has always served as the principle vehicle for the MBA’s communication with its membership. Now, as one of America’s oldest bar associations turns 150, we are trading in that vehicle for a spiffier model,” said editor Charles Barr. “The new professional, more pleasing look has already encouraged the contribution of articles from a broader segment of our membership and other non-legal professionals in the Milwaukee community.”last_img read more

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US slaps sanctions on five Russians

first_imgThe United States on Thursday imposed sanctions on five Russians over abuses including the killing of a prominent opposition leader, days after top-level talks seemed to ease tensions between the powers.The State Department highlighted the actions against the five people, plus one entity, as it submitted an annual report required by Congress on actions taken under a law over human rights in Russia.The law, which blocks any US assets of blacklisted people and bars them from traveling to the United States, is named after Sergei Magnitsky, an anti-corruption accountant who died in custody in 2009.Among the five newly blacklisted figures are Ruslan Geremeyev, an interior ministry official in the restive North Caucasus region of Chechnya who is close to its leader Ramzan Kadyrov.On his Telegram account, Kadyrov said the sanctions, were “clear proof that the United States is afraid of us.”Geremeyev has faced accusations of involvement in the 2015 killing in central Moscow of Boris Nemtsov, a former deputy prime minister turned leading critic of President Vladimir Putin.The US Treasury Department said Russian investigators twice tried but were blocked from bringing charges against Geremeyev as the possible organizer of the killing of Nemtsov — the most high-profile death of a dissident since Putin rose to power two decades ago.The United States also slapped sanctions on two Russian investigators, Elena Anatolievna Trikulya and Gennady Vyacheslavovich Karlov, for allegedly concealing facts over the death and detention of Magnitsky, the accountant.”Nearly 10 years after his death, we remain concerned by the impunity for this and other violent crimes against activists, journalists, whistleblowers and political opposition,” State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus said in a statement.She also voiced concern about “the intense atmosphere of intimidation for those who work to uncover corruption or human rights violations in the Russian Federation.”In response, the Russian embassy in Washington said: “These moves will be followed by reciprocal measures.””Moreover these unconstructive decisions clearly run counter to a positive outlook of the recent Russia-US talks in Sochi,” it said in a statement.The sanctions came just two days after Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met Putin in the Russian resort of Sochi, with both sides voicing optimism at finding areas on which to work together.Pompeo said he still had deep disagreements with Putin but believed the two powers could cooperate on issues including finding a political settlement in war-ravaged Syria and seeking a denuclearization deal with North Korea.Also hit with sanctions were the Terek Special Rapid Response Team in Chechnya and its commander, Abuzayed Vismuradov.The Treasury Department said that the force had engaged in extrajudicial killings and torture, including in a crackdown on gay men that has drawn international condemnation.last_img read more

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KMC starts antidengue drive in S Kolkata

first_imgKolkata: The Kolkata Municipal Corporation carried out a special drive to combat dengue in ward 69 in south Kolkata on Friday.Sukhdeb Chakraborty, local Trinamool Congress councillor along with senior civic officials of Health, Building and Soil Waste Management (SWM) departments were present during the drive. The KMC teams visited houses on Beltola Road and Ballygunge Circular Road where people who had dengue in 2018 are residing. The teams talked to the residents and requested them to follow the dos and don’ts suggested by the Kolkata Municipal Corporation. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseThe teams examined the overhead tanks and underground reservoirs and visited the terrace of some houses. The senior officials urged the owners of the houses where garbage was found in the terrace to clear them immediately. “The house owners fail to understand that even an used plastic cup that contains water can serve as a potential mosquito breeding ground,” senior officials said. The drive had tremendous impact on the area as the residents lauded the effort of the Kolkata Municipal Corporation to reduce the number of dengue cases. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has instructed all civic bodies to take steps to control dengue in their respective areas. She had presided over a high-level meeting in Nabanna where she instructed the senior state government officials to ensure that the water at the metro rail construction sites are cleaned as stagnate water may serve as a major mosquito breeding ground. As a follow up mayor Firhad Hakim held a meeting at the KMC headquarters on Wednesday. Senior officials of the central and state government establishments were present at the meeting. The KMC will conduct anti-larvae drive in three phases. The ongoing phase will continue till June while the second phase will start in July and continue till October while the follow up phase will be November and December.last_img read more

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